The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressed “grave concern” about armed clashes, including the alleged use of indirect fire, in Salaheddine, a densely populated neighbourhood in Tripoli.
The Mission called for the immediate cessation of hostilities and called on all parties to exercise maximum restraint.
“UNSMIL reminds all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure,” the Mission said in a statement.
“The Mission calls on all relevant authorities to assume their responsibilities in ensuring the protection of civilians and in exercising control over their respective units in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions and in particular UN Security Council Resolution 2570, including through the initiation of an elaborated comprehensive Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) and Security Sector Reform (SSR) process to bring all the arms under the control of the State,” it added.
It is noteworthy that violent clashes took place at dawn on Friday in Tripoli between the “Stability Support Force” militia and Brigade 444 militia, which were both formed by Fayez al-Sarraj, Head of the former Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).