UN Chief Calls For Immediate Halt to Fighting in Libya – Report

Middle East

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday strongly condemned the military escalation near Tripoli and called for an immediate halt to the fighting, AFP reported.

Guterres’ appeal followed an air attack by the forces of commander Khalifa Haftar on the Mitiga airport east of the capital, AFP reported.     

Guterres “urges the immediate halt of all military operations in order to de-escalate the situation and prevent an all-out conflict,” said a UN statement as cited by AFP.  

He “strongly condemns the military escalation and ongoing fighting in and around Tripoli, including the aerial attack today by a Libyan National Army (LNA) aircraft against Mitiga airport.”    

On Monday, the Libyan Government of National Accord’s (GNA) accused the LNA of striking the Mitiga airport, which is located about eight kilometers (5 miles) east of Tripoli’s city center, saying that the attack threatened the lives of civilians and the safety of flights.      

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