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UNSMIL condemns violence in Tripoli, says it will hold initiators “fully responsible”

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) issued a statement on Wednesday condemning the latest clashes in southern Tripoli.

“UNSMIL strongly condemns the recent military mobilization of forces in southern Tripoli and is monitoring the situation closely.”

The Mission warned against any breach of the ceasefire agreement concluded in September last year following a month-long clashes late August in the capital which left more than hundred people dead and thousands displaced.

The Mission stressed that “any party initiating a confrontation will be held fully responsible. UNSMIL affirms that it will take action as necessary and will explore all possible and available measures based on future developments on the ground in order to deter such events, which it condemns and rejects unequivocally.”

UNSMIL concluded by reminding the conflicting militias that attacks on civilians, their properties and public facilities “constitutes a serious violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.”

On Wednesday morning, armed clashes broke out between militias funded by the Tripoli-based government; the so-called Tripoli Protection Force and the 7th Brigade in the Qasr Ben Ghashir area south of Tripoli.

Armed clashes south of Tripoli

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