UNSC calls for immediate ceasefire in Libya’s Tripoli amid rising death toll

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United Nations, July 6: The United Nations security council (UNSC) has on Friday called for an immediate truce in the Libyan capital province of Tripoli amid a hike in numbers of people killed during aerial strikes on Tajoura migrant centre, claimed by commander Khalifa Haftar’s army forces.

In an official statement, calling for an immediate ceasefire, the UNSC said, “The members of the Security Council condemned the attack on the detention centre near Tripoli on 2 July, which resulted in 56 people killed and over 130 injured. The members of the Security Council stressed the need for all parties to urgently de-escalate the situation and to commit to a ceasefire.”

According to Sputnik news reports, it has urged all the parties in Libya to respect the UN arms embargo, restrain from taking any actions into account that would cause a highly troubled situation and return to the UN-led political settlement.

The UNSC has expressed concerns over the disturbing humanitarian condition in Libya, especially regarding the migrant detention space.

The statement comes shortly two days after it held an urgent conference over the current situation in Tripoli.

Also read: UN refugee agency expresses concerns over airstrikes on Libyan migrant centre

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or commonly known as UN refugee agency expressed deep concern over the deadly actions on a migrant centre in Tajoura district of Tripoli that has claimed the lives of some 40 people with another 80 wounded.

Earlier on Wednesday, Libya’s health ministry reported at leat 40 people were dead with another 80 wounded during the airstrikes, and that the death toll is likely to raise.

The attacks took place hours after Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar-led LNA army launched on Thursday threatened to launch new aerial strikes in order to “liberate Tripoli”, a day after five army personnel were reported killed during air raids.

 

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