UNSMIL holds meeting for ceasefire committee, diplomats as violence rocks Tripoli 

UNSMIL holds meeting for ceasefire committee, diplomats as violence rocks Tripoli 

September 20, 2018 - 21:17
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Clashes

The UNSMIL convened a meeting Thursday between Libya’s diplomatic community and the Head of Ceasefire Monitoring Committee Hussein Abdullah. 

The UNSMIL said on Twitter that diplomats expressed readiness to facilitate the committee’s operations, through logistical support.

"Abdullah affirmed that consolidating the ceasefire is the first step toward a secure Tripoli for all Libyans free of weapons a militias." UNSMIL posted on Twitter. 

Ceasefire broken 

In the meantime, violence resumed and broke the UNSMIL-brokered ceasefire in the Libyan capital.

Al-Summod Brigade, led by Salah Badi, said it had seized Hamza camp in Mashroa Al-Hadba in southern Tripoli after kicking out "Ghiniwa Militias" (Joint Deterrence Force of Abu Salim,) according to the media office of the brigade. 

Clashes reached Brega oil depots and sirens were heard in the area with the company announcing that sales administration building on the Tariq Al-Matar (Airport Road) hit by random rockets. 

Violent fighting was also reported Thursday in Ain Zara and Khalit Al-Furjan.

Families Trapped 

Meanwhile, social media accounts reported distress calls by families trapped in clashes' zones, saying many rockets and artillery shells fell in the vicinity of their houses, leaving them and their children in great panic. 

"21 families were evacuated from the clashes' zones in Mashroa Al-Hadba. We call on all families in those zones not to leave their houses till we get to them." The Head of the Red Crescent office in Tripoli Yousif Bin Yousif said.

Blackout

The General Electricity Company in Libya (GECOL) said Thursday one of the generators was hit by the clashes and thus the power station was shut causing the company huge material losses. 

"The same generator was hit in recent clashes but then re-operated after repairing it. But the workers feared for their lives and left the power station amid renewed clashes." GECOL said in. statement. 

Tripoli has seen several hours of a total blackout amid the clashes.

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