United Nations calls for truce in southern Tripoli to evacuate wounded

United Nations calls for truce in southern Tripoli to evacuate wounded

United Nations calls for truce in southern Tripoli to evacuate wounded

The announcement of the air raid was made on the Facebook page of the "media office" of Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) as fighting raged around 50km south of Tripoli.

The Kremlin said on Friday it was not helping Libyan military forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar push westward and that it supported a negotiated political settlement to Libya's problems that ruled out any new bloodshed.

The LNA said its forces had advanced into the outskirts of the capital, seat of the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), and taken its former worldwide airport.

A showdown between Hifter's army and the militias could plunge Libya into another spasm of violence, possibly the worst since the 2011 civil war that toppled and later killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

On Saturday, the head of the GNA accused Haftar of "betraying" him after the latter launched his military offensive on Tripoli.

In the past, Haftar has struck deals with armed factions outside Tripoli to advance his forces.

In recent months, Hifter's self-described Libyan National Army has swept east and across southern Libya, taking control of areas often without encountering much resistance.

Anadolu Agency reported forces loyal to Libya's Tripoli-based government also captured 20 pro-Haftar soldiers.

The US joined fellow members of the G7 economic group - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom - in condemning the Tripoli fighting, saying: "We firmly believe that there is no military solution to the Libyan conflict".

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during his visit to Ain Zara Detention center in Tripoli, Libya.

He returned during the revolution and he's subsequently become the most powerful military leader in a country rife with militias, allied to a rival government in the east.

The Interior Ministry of the Tripoli-based government said in a statement that at least nine people, including a physician, were killed. The UN Security council issued a similar call.

Both countries have provided support to General Haftar.

The UN has declared that the gathering will go on as planned.

The United Nations is determined to hold Libya's national conference on possible elections on time despite a surge of fighting in the country's eight-year conflict, the United Nations envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, said on Saturday.

Libya's unity government was created at UN-backed talks in 2015 but it has struggled to assert control, while a number of global initiatives since have failed to unite the country. Resulting from years-long civil conflict, Libya has no single government now, with LNA backing the Tobruk-based parliament which governs the East of Libya, and the GNA which controls Libya's western parts from Tripoli, reports Sputnik.

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