“Serious Crisis” In Libya Due To Foreign Fighters, Says UN

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Ishita Chakraborty
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LIBYA: Around 20,000 foreign fighters in Libya represent a “serious crisis” as the situation keeps worsening in the war-torn nation. Now, approximately 6.8 million people need humanitarian assistance in Libya.

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In an online meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, the United Nations (UN) acting envoy for Libya, Stephanie Williams, said, “That is a shocking violation of Libyan sovereignty….a blatant violation of the arms embargo.”

The 75-member forum from across the social and political spectrum of Libya is trying to establish a solid administration to lead Libya through presidential and parliamentary elections in 2021. This gathering is a part of the U.N. endeavors to end mayhem that has engulfed Libya after the killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Growing political tensions

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The nation is currently part east to west between two adversary organizations, each supported by a variety of civilian armies and unfamiliar forces. Military commander Khalifa Hifter rules the eastern and southern parts of Libya, while an UN-supported government controls the western region.

Efforts have been made for a ceasefire between the two parties for a long time. However, the two parties are not ready to negotiate yet.

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According to the UN reports, the truce bargain had set three months’ cutoff time for foreign forces to leave Libya. Thousands of people from different countries like Russia, Syria, Sudan, and Chad have been brought to Libya by rival sides.

Meanwhile, Williams has hammered vague foreign governments for “carrying on with complete exemption” and developing the Libyan clash with fighters and weapons. Political strains in Libya raised further when Hifter’s forces last year dispatched an offensive to take Tripoli. Hifter’s side is supported by the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Russia, and Egypt. On the other hand, the Tripoli forces are supported by Qatar and Turkey.

However, Hifter’s efforts went in vain as their campaign collapsed in June. With Turkish support, the U.N. supported government in Tripoli drove the Hifter’s forces away from the outskirts of Tripoli.

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