Salame meets HCS head in Tripoli, discuses escalations

Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ghassan Salame met Sunday with Head of Libya’s High Council of State (HCS) Khaled al-Mishri as they discussed the escalations of Libyan National Army (LNA) military operation in the capital.

According to a HCS statement, Mishri and Salame discussed UNSMIL stance of the LNA offensive.

Mashri said that he is surprised that UNSMIL did not condemn the military operation ‘firmly’. He also warned of the operation military consequences especially on civilians.

On twitter, UNSMIL said that that both sides briefed each others by the results of their recent meetings and activities aiming at halting the ongoing violence

“SRSG GhassanSalame met today with Head of Higher Council of State Khaled Mishri and discussed methods of reducing violence in Ramadan. The SRSG briefed Mishri on his recent visits and activities. The HCS Head briefed Salame on his recent meetings in and outside Libya.” UNSMIL stated.

Tripoli has been witnessing battles and violent events since the beginning of April as a result of Commander Khalifa Haftar‘s military offensive on the Capital to “liberate it from terrorism.”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday, the death toll from ongoing fighting between the GNA and LNA forces in Tripoli has risen to 392. Other 1,900 people were reported to have been injured and more than 45,000 people have been displaced from their homes, according to Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the U.N. Secretary-General.


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