Libya crisis: PM Fayez al-Serraj condemns ‘silence’ of allies

The UN-backed PM of Libya has condemned the “silence” of his international allies as opposing forces advance on the capital Tripoli.

Fayez al-Serraj is facing down an insurgency led by eastern commander Gen Khalifa Haftar.

More than 205 people have been killed since fighting began on 4 April, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says.

As violence continues, Mr Serraj told the BBC his people were starting to feel abandoned by the world.

He said failure to support his internationally recognised government could “lead to other consequences”, citing the risk of the Islamic State group capitalising on the instability.

“The public is frustrated by the silence of the international community,” he told the BBC’s Orla Guerin.

Image caption Forces loyal to Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli

He bemoaned what he sees as the inaction of the UN Security Council, which is yet to reach a consensus on how to deal with the escalating crisis.

“The Russians won’t accept mentioning Haftar’s name even though everyone knows he is the one behind this,” he said.

Libya has been torn by violence and political instability since long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi…

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