Acting Head of UN mission tells Security Council: Libya war could expand and be more devastating

Acting Head of UN mission tells Security Council: Libya war could expand and be more devastating

May 19, 2020 - 17:53
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Acting Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Stephenie Williams has told the Security Council in a briefing via video conference that military operations have escalated in civilian neighborhoods, adding that 200.000 Libyans have been forced into displacement after fleeing their houses in areas of clashes between Government of National Accord and Khalifa Haftar's forces.

Williams added in her briefing on Tuesday that the UNSMIL calls for a comprehensive ceasefire in Libya and a return to the political process, warning that the control of the Government of National Accord's (GNA) forces over Al-Watiya airbase could escalate military operations.

"We call for ending attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Libya, and those who are violating the international law should be brought to justice." She added.

Williams told the Security Council that pressure should put on the international and regional parties that are fueling the conflict in Libya, warning that the war could expand and lead to heinous consequences due to external intervention.

She also said that the outbreak of Coronavirus had added to the lack of security in Tripoli, indicating that a million persons are in need of humanitarian assistance due to the impact of fighting and COVID-19 pandemic.