The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, is following with deep concern reports of violent clashes in Tripoli causing civilian casualties and destruction of civilian infrastructure, a statement by the Spokesman for the Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, has reiterated.
Guterres called for an immediate cessation of violence in Tripoli and urged the Libyan parties to engage in a genuine dialogue to address the ongoing political impasse and not to use force to resolve their differences.
Guterres further called on the Libyan parties to protect civilians and refrain from taking any actions that could escalate tensions and deepen divisions.
The statement said that the UN remains ready to provide good offices and mediation to help Libyan actors chart a way out of the political deadlock, which is increasingly threatening Libya’s hard-won stability.
The death toll of the Tripoli clashes increased in the evening to 21 and 140 injuries, according to the Health Ministry. Clashes that went on from Friday night to Saturday night saw an uneasy calm on Sunday morning after reports of withdrawal of the pro-Bashagha forces and loss of most of their positions inside Tripoli to the pro-Dbeibah forces.