US warns Libya’s factions against military actions

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21 August 2019, Libya, Tripoli: A picture made available on 22 August 2019 shows fighters of Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) of Fayez Serraj, firing their weapons during clashes with forces of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, at Al-Yarmouk frontline. Photo: Amru Salahuddien/dpa (Photo by Amru Salahuddien/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Fighters from Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) fire their weapons during clashes with forces from the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) at Al-Yarmouk frontline near the capital Tripoli in August, 2019. (Photo by Amru Salahuddien/ via Getty Images)

The U.S. embassy in Libya Saturday expressed concern over “contemplated” military action between Libya’s UN-backed government and the country’s east-based army led by General Khalifa Haftar.

“The U.S. embassy notes with concern credible reports that significant military actions are being contemplated by forces affiliated with both the Libyan National Army and the Government of National Accord in the near future,” the embassy said in a statement.

“Such actions would violate the understandings reached in Berlin,” said the statement, adding “we (the U.S. embassy in Libya) call on both parties and their external supporters to carefully consider the risks inherent in such actions, and to redouble support for the UN-facilitated security dialogue” for a lasting cease-fire.

The east-based army has been leading a military campaign since April 2019 in and around the capital Tripoli, attempting to take over the city and topple the UN-backed government.

The fighting killed and injured thousands of people and forced more than 150,000 civilians to flee their homes.

A conference regarding the Libyan issue was recently held in Germany’s Berlin, where participants have agreed to respect the arms embargo and truce in the war-torn North African country and pledged to establish an oversight mechanism to ensure long-term peace.

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