June 17, 2019

Libya .. mutual air raids and the rejection of UN calls for a truce

The Libyan Red Crescent said the warring Libyan parties had not complied with the truce ordered by the United Nations for hours to evacuate civilians and wounded from areas of clashes south of Tripoli.

The Libyan army forces, led by Khalifa Hafter, said on Sunday that it carried out for the first time air strikes in a suburb of Tripoli, for its part, declared forces loyal to the government of national reconciliation that it launched a “counter-attack” in defense of the capital.

The spokesman for the Forces of the National Reconciliation Government in Libya, Colonel Mohamed Qannouno announced on Sunday the launch of the “volcano of anger” and aims to “cleanse all cities” of “aggressors and outlaws”, referring to the Libyan army forces led by Hafter.

The spokesman said in a press statement in Tripoli, after his appointment in his post that the operation “volcano anger” is supposed to allow to “cleanse all Libyan cities of aggressors and illegitimate.”

The government of the Libyan Accord, headed by Fayez Sarraj, the formation of a joint room of all armed groups in Tripoli, and said that its air raid on positions of the Libyan army south of the capital.

The United Nations support mission in Libya on Sunday launched an “urgent appeal” for a two-hour “humanitarian truce” in the southern suburb of Tripoli to secure the evacuation of the wounded and civilians following a military escalation in recent days.

“It calls on all military parties in the Wadi Al-Rabea, Al-Kayikh, Qasr bin Ghashir and Al-Aziziyah regions to respect a humanitarian truce between 1600 and 1800 hours (1400 to 1600 GMT) today to secure the evacuation of wounded and civilians,” the mission said in a statement. By the equipment and crews of ambulance and emergency and the Libyan Red Crescent. “

In a related context, the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Accordance Government, headed by Al-Serraj, said that “we intensify international and regional contacts to stop the fighting in Tripoli,” the day after the Libyan National Army announced that it launched eight raids on armed gatherings of reconciliation in the suburbs of Tripoli.

Sources told Al-Arabiya that electricity was cut off from some areas south of the capital Tripoli due to the clashes, while health sources from the government of Al-Wefaq said at least 21 people were killed in the clashes in Tripoli.

On the other hand, health sources in the hospital Gryan said at least 19 people were killed by the Libyan army because of the clashes.

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