War on Tripoli puts security of Libya's neighbors and the Mediterranean region on the line, UN envoy warns

War on Tripoli puts security of Libya's neighbors and the Mediterranean region on the line, UN envoy warns

May 21, 2019 - 19:56
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Written By: AbdullahBenIbrahim

UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame said Tuesday that the ongoing war on Tripoli had left many deaths and destruction, saying that Libya is on the brink of a civil war that could lead to the permanent division of the country.

In his briefing to the United Nations Security Council, Salame warned that the violence on the outskirts of Tripoli is just the beginning of a bloody long war on the southern shores of the Mediterranean, putting the security of Libya's neighbors and the wider Mediterranean region at serious risk.

He said around 460 people have been killed so far and more than 2400 others wounded, mostly civilians, as fighting rages in the southern parts of the capital.

“More than 75,000 people were displaced and over 100,000 others are trapped in the fighting zones,” he added.

Salame indicated that Tripoli was enjoying increased security and stability, and economic situations were improving before the offensive of Haftar on April 04.

Warlord Haftar and his armed groups claim that Tripoli is being controlled by ISIS and Al-Qaida terrorist groups.

Salame warned that Haftar’s war on Tripoli had created a security vacuum in the south that was being exploited by ISIS.

An armed group linked to ISIS a checkpoint near the oasis town of Zillah last Sunday, leaving two people dead. Zillah saw a similar attack by ISIS militants last year.

Ghadduwah and Al-Fuqahaa towns in the south both saw ISIS attacks, which left several people killed and injured and several houses burnt.