UN chief condemns escalating violence in Libya

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres calls on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and abide by the ceasefire agreement brokered by the United Nations and the Reconciliation Committees'

Agence France-Presse

4:46:40am September 2, 2018

4:46:40am September 2, 2018

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres wants to put an end to the violence in Libya. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres wants to put an end to the violence in Libya. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

UNITED NATIONS, United States – United Nations (UN) chief Antonio Guterres on Saturday, September 1 called for an end to violence in Libya in accordance with a UN-brokered ceasefire agreement.

According to a health ministry toll, at least 39 people have been killed and some 100 injured in 5 days of clashes among rival militias, which broke out on August 27 in suburbs south of Tripoli. (READ: Over 100 migrants escape from Libya trafficking camp)

"The Secretary-General condemns the continued escalation of violence in and around Libya's capital and, in particular, the use by armed groups of indiscriminate shelling leading to the death and injury of civilians, including children," a statement from Guterres' office said.

"The Secretary-General calls on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and abide by the ceasefire agreement brokered by the United Nations and the Reconciliation Committees," the statement added.

In a joint statement, Britain, France, Italy and the United States have said they "warn those who tamper with security in Tripoli or elsewhere in Libya that they will be held accountable for any such actions."

The Libyan capital has been at the center of a battle for influence between armed groups since the fall of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011. – Rappler.com