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UN calls on Libyan warring parties to de-escalate tensions & focus on fighting Coronavrius

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemned the recent military clashes between militias of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Tripoli, calling on both sides to de-escalate tensions and focus on fighting the Coronavrius epidemic.

“While the whole world is engaged in fighting the spread of COVID-19, which has overwhelmed several well-resourced countries, attacks and counter attacks in Libya continue to inflict further suffering and civilian casualties,” UNSMIL said in a statement yesterday.

“UNSMIL calls for an immediate de-escalation, including cessation of hostilities, demobilization of forces, and stopping the influx of foreign fighters and weapons. Libyans need to shift their focus to the fight against COVID-19.”

The UN Mission concluded its statement by reminding all parties to the conflict in Libya of their obligations in accordance with international humanitarian and human rights law to ensure protection of civilians.

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