The fighting in Libya’s capital has reached a detention centre holding hundreds of detained migrants and refugees, the UN said on Tuesday.
Libya has asked the UN Security Council to dispatch a fact-finding mission to investigate attacks on civilians in Tripoli, according to a letter released on Thursday.
Migrants and refugees have been shot and wounded in a detention centre south of Tripoli as Libyan fighters battle for control of the capital, said Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
Libya expert Emad Badi says the fighting has given Daesh "the opportunity to reorganise, recruit and strike alliances with other groups (and organise attacks) to show they are still around.”
The head of Tunisia’s Red Crescent says the bodies of dozens of migrants who drowned trying to reach Europe from Libya will take days to surface.
Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, who has launched a military offensive against the UN-recognised government in Tripoli, held surprise talks with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Rome on Thursday ahead of a visit to Paris next week, officials said.
Libya’s internationally recognised government had accused forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, which have been trying to capture Tripoli, of being behind the blockage.
The death toll was confirmed by the National Oil Company (NOC) which condemned the attack in a statement on Saturday evening.
Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar was in Cairo on Thursday for the second time since he launched a military offensive on his country’s capital, the Egyptian presidency said.