UN warns of a regional war in Libya

The United Nations has warned of the dangers of a conflict between the Libyan forces becoming a conflict between the forces supporting these parties.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Libya, Stephanie Williams, said that the direct confrontation between the competing foreign powers in Libya leave "great risks", according to the British Financial Times newspaper.

Stephanie Williams said that the chances of miscalculation around Sirte, the Mediterranean city controlled by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, were huge, and until now we are not aware of what might turn out and turn it into a wider fire.

"The risk of the conflict in Libya turning into a proxy war is really very serious, and the overall picture is the picture of continued foreign interference," she added.

Many countries continue to send weapons and mercenaries to Libya, violating the United Nations arms embargo on the country, as competing powers congregate around Sirte, the gateway to Libya's main oil stations.

"No efforts have been made to stop the flow of mercenaries or weapons, so there is clearly a full international impunity which reflects impunity on the ground," added the head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya.

The Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) says it intends to retake Sirte from the Libyan National Army, which is backed by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Russia, and Egypt has threatened direct military intervention if the GNA does so.


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