European foreign ministers seek end of Libya fighting

Geraldine Edwards
April 12, 2019

The UN's human rights commissioner has warned attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Libya could amount to war crimes.

"We need all the parties involved in this conflict to attend", Dujarric said.

A spokesman for the Tripoli-based Health Ministry said fighting in the south of the capital had killed at least 25 people, including fighters and civilians, and wounded 80.

The LNA has conducted air strikes on the south of the city as it seeks to advance along a road from a disused former global airport.

The conference would have brought together all factions in Libya in an attempt to find a political settlement to the turmoil that has gripped the north African country since Muammar Gaddafi was deposed in 2011.

What has Ms Bachelet said?

In a statement Tuesday, the United Nations agency called on all parties to refrain from "committing grave violations against children" - including the recruitment of children as soldiers.

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Officials suspended flights at Mitiga airport and evacuated passengers, but no deaths were reported, according to the BBC.

What are the latest casualties?

The World Health Organization (WHO) said dozens of strikes have been recorded across Libya since a year ago.

That was a higher toll than numbers given by either side, and appeared to be mainly fighters, it said.

The fatalities were mainly fighters, although they also comprised nine civilians including two doctors, the World Health Organization said.

Two doctors were also among those killed. He said the attack constituted a serious violation of global humanitarian law which prohibits attacks against civilian infrastructure.

The United Nations said 2,800 people were displaced by clashes and many more could flee, though some were trapped.

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The U.N. -backed prime minister Serraj, 59, received calls from Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and France's President Emmanuel Macron on Monday to discuss the crisis.

The UN is also due to pull out non-essential staff.

The eastern Libyan National Army (LNA) forces of Khalifa Haftar, a former officer in Gaddafi's army said on Monday that 19 of its soldiers had been killed as battle for Tripoli intensified.

It is three years since the United Nations helped to establish Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA), the body that was supposed to oversee the country's transition from being a militia-ridden wasteland to something approaching a functioning democracy.

The GNA was created from peace talks in 2015 but has struggled to take control of the country.

The general helped Gaddafi seize power in 1969 before falling out with him and going into exile in the US.

His LNA troops have continued to make advances, seizing the south of Libya and its oil fields earlier this year.

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The national conference, which had been scheduled for April 14-16 in the central city of Ghadames, aimed to fix dates for legislative and presidential elections, and work toward a new constitution.

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