The Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj has called on the Libyan Army forces under his command to adhere to International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and human rights as they fight off Khalifa Haftar's forces on the outskirts of Tripoli.
In a statement on Saturday, Al-Sarraj called on the forces to respect the IHL on treating captives and underaged fighters and to protect civilians caught in the clashes' zones along with their properties.
The UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame hailed Saturday the keenness of Libyans to hold municipal elections despite the current conflict in the country.
On Twitter, Salame said that seven municipalities hold today elections and he hails their persistence for taking part in them.
Brak Al-Shati, Edri Al-Shati, Al-Rahibat, Ubari, Al-Garda Al-Shati, Al-Shwairif, and Zelton all held municipal elections on Saturday.
The former Italian Interior Minister Marco Minitti said Khalifa Haftar's attack on Tripoli will have long term consequences, not only in Libya but also in Italy.
Minitti told an Italian newspaper Friday that the consequences include the influx of illegal immigrants, which are real and cannot be resolved by shutting ports but should be solved in Libya.
Thousands of protesters gathered at Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Square on Friday, many in yellow vests, to denounce warlord Khalifa Haftar’s war on Tripoli and French, UAE, Saudi and Egyptian support to him to invade the capital.
Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj, deplored the deadlock in the Security Council and the lack of consensus of its members towards the recent developments in Tripoli.
In an interview with BBC Arabic, Al-Sarraj condemned the silence of his international allies regarding the advance of Haftar's forces towards Tripoli, pointing out that the divisions in the international community may lead to the re-scenario of 2011 where the international community turned its back on Libya, as he put it.