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UNSMIL welcomes decision to impose sanctions against Saleh Badi

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) welcomed on Sunday the decision by UK, US and France to impose sanctions against Salah Badi, the commander of the Al Somood militia.

In a tweet, UNSMIL said it is “encouraged by UN Security Council strong commitment to hold to account those seeking to undermine Libya’s stability and security and refuse to adhere to ceasefire agreements and continue to threaten civilians and civilian facilities and sovereign institutions.”

A spokesperson for the UK’s Foreign Office announced on Friday that “the UK – along with our US & French partners – has secured United Nations Security Council agreement to sanction Salah Badi under the terms of UN Security Council Resolution 2213 (2015). We will continue to hold to account those seeking to undermine stability and security in Libya.”

In August and September 2018, Salah Badi played a leading role in heavy clashes in Tripoli in which at least 120 people were killed, most of whom were civilians. Badi, who is also a member of the military council of Misurata, is one of the strongest supporters of the extremist Shura Council of Benghazi, composed of Islamist and jihadist militias, including Ansar al-Sharia, the Libya branch of the al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

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