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UN Urges Calm in Libyan Capital Amid Armed Clashes

UN Urges Calm in Libyan Capital Amid Armed Clashes

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 Aug 2018 11:43 AM GMT

Tripoli: The UN Support Mission in Libya has called on warring armed groups in the south of the capital to "immediately cease all military action" and end the intensifying clashes that have claimed at least four lives in recent days.

"UNSMIL is following the clashes in and around Tripoli with grave concern and calls on all parties to immediately cease all military action," the Mission said in a statement. The UN Mission said it was "concerned" by the use of indiscriminate fire and heavy weapons in densely populated residential areas of Tripoli that put civilian lives at risk.

"UNSMIL reminds all parties of their duty to protect civilians, in accordance with international humanitarian and human rights law," said the statement. "Political aims must not be pursued through violence," the statement said, warning that the escalating clashes between armed groups could lead to "wider military confrontation".

UNSMIL reaffirmed its support for Libya's UN-backed unity government (GNA), whose presidential council on Monday vowed a military offensive against the armed groups vying for control of the Libyan capital, to outlaw them and to slap them with UN-mandated sanctions. (IANS/AKI)

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