Security Council calls on Haftar Forces to stop attack, latter advance in vicinity of Tripoli

On Friday evening, the United Nations Security Council called on the Libyan forces led by the Marshal Khalifa Haftar to stop their offensive against Tripoli, while violent clashes erupted around the capital.

The United Nations Security Council called on the forces of the Marshal Khalifa Haftar to stop the attack on Tripoli, but the latter refused to do so, stressing to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, who met him on Friday that he is moving towards achieving his goal, which was manifested on the same evening by clashes erupted in more than one front on the outskirts of the capital, according to AFP.

At the end of an emergency closed session of the Security Council on Libya at the request of Britain, the periodic president of the Council, the German Ambassador Christoph Hosgen told the journalists: "The Council called on the Libyan National Army Forces to stop all military moves."

He added: "The members of the Security Council expressed deep concern about the military activity near Tripoli, which threatens the stability of Libya, the prospects for the mediation of the United Nations and the comprehensive political solution to the crisis."

According to Hosgen, the Security Council has confirmed its intention to "hold accountable those who are responsible for further conflicts" in Libya.

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met on Friday in Benghazi the Libyan Marshal Khalifa Haftar before leaving Libya, expressing his "deep concern" about the situation in the country, and his hope to avoid a "bloody confrontation" in Tripoli as fierce clashes broke out in the southern of the city on Friday evening.

"The UN special envoy to Libya Ghassan Salama told the Security Council that Haftar told Guterres that he had no intention of stopping his attack on Tripoli," diplomats said.

France Press Agency reported that fierce fighting took place between the coalition of the armed groups loyal to the Government of National Accord and the Libyan National Army Forces led by Haftar about 50 km away from Tripoli.

A security source in the Government of National Accord stated that the battles are taking place in the areas of al-Khamis (Thursday), al-Sa'eh (Tourist) and al-Sabet (Saturday) Markets, south of the capital.



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