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UN “deeply concerned” over recent clashes in Libya


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The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Saturday expressed concern over recent deadly clashes in west of the Libyan capital Tripoli.

“UNSMIL is deeply concerned at the recent clashes that took place between criminal elements, including armed groups members, in Janzour (western Tripoli), a civilian-populated neighborhood in Tripoli,” UNSMIL said in a statement.

“These clashes frightened local residents and resulted in a number of casualties,” it added.

“The Mission condemns such reckless actions, as they directly endanger civilians at a time when Tripoli is beginning to recover from a 15-month long siege,” the statement said.

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It pointed out that “the clashes underscore the need for the (UN-recognized) Government of National Accord to move swiftly on effective and coordinated security sector reform and the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration efforts.”

Deadly clashes broke out on Thursday between rival armed groups in western Tripoli that killed and injured several people, local media reported.

Libya has been plagued by insecurity and chaos ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.

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