Libyan PM, UN envoy discuss international measures to stop violence in Tripoli

Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj Wednesday met with the UN Secretary-General to Libya Ghassan Salame, discussing military escalation in Tripoli between government forces and armed militias.

Smoke rises during heavy clashes between rival factions in Tripoli, Libya, August 28, 2018. Picture taken August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Hani Amara

The officials met in the capital Tripoli and discussed Tripoli developments, the cessation of hostilities and UN’s engagement with international community in this regard, said the UN Support Mission in Libya in a statement.

Salame stressed the need to protect civilians, end the violence immediately, and start ceasefire talks, the statement said.

Earlier on Wednesday, the UN Mission warned against military actions in Tripoli following violent clashes between government forces and militias that killed and injured civilians.

Southern Tripoli has been witnessing violent clashes between government forces and armed militias, which has so far killed five and injured 33 others, according to the Ministry of Health.

The reasons for the clashes remain unknown, with growing tensions and military mobilization over the past few days between armed groups from outside and inside the city in southern Tripoli.

The Interior Minister Abdulsalam Ashour told a local TV channel on Monday that a ceasefire agreement in Tripoli had been reached. However, clashes occurred despite the ceasefire announcement, according to a local security source.