PC urges int’l investigation into Murzuq’s tribal clashes

The Presidency Council (PC) called on the United Nation Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the U.N. Security Council to investigate “hostile acts” that followed tribal conflicts in Murzuq, southern Libya, according to a Thursday statement.

The PC condemned the violations, blaming them on the Libyan National Army (LNA), given that the LNA is in control of the southern region.

Murzuq, a town located some 780 kilometers south of Tripoli, has been witnessing tribal clashes since Monday that have killed and injured several people.

The PC accused the LNA forces of triggering split in the southern region, cancelling out the PC reconciliation efforts among the tribes of the region.

Meanwhile, the UNSMIL has called for an immediate cease-fire in southern Libya following the tribal fighting.

“UNSMIL is greatly concerned about ongoing hostilities in Murzuq that have regrettably caused several casualties,” the mission said.

Tribal clashes are not new to southern Libya since the fall of former ruler Muammar Qaddafi in 2011, but many of the conflicts ended in ceasefire and reconciliation.

Libya has struggled to make a democratic transition and has faced chaotic infighting and political instability. The country is currently politically divided between the U.Nz-backed government in Tripoli and a parallel administration in the east.


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