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UN chief urges parties to Libyan conflict to cease fire

By: MENA
Sun, Sep. 2, 2018
NEW YORK - 2 September 2018: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on the conflicting parties in Libya to immediately cease fire and sit down at the negotiating table, Sky news reported.

"The Secretary-General calls on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and abide by the ceasefire agreement brokered by the United Nations and the Reconciliation Committees," according to a statement by the UN.

Guterres condemned the continued hostilities in and near Tripoli, in particular, the indiscriminate shelling, which killed and injured civilians, including children.

He offered his deepest condolences to the victims' relatives.

"He urges all parties to grant humanitarian relief for those in need, particularly those who are trapped by the fighting," the statement said.

A fighting erupted on August 26 reportedly between local militias and Kani tribal fighters from Tarhouna, southeast of Tripoli.

According to the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) NGO, heavy shelling in residential areas resulted in an unspecified number of casualties and approximately 8,000 refugees and asylum seekers remaining trapped in closed detention centers in dire humanitarian conditions.
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