UN insists on humanitarian truce in Tripoli and raises to 3,400 the displaced

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    UN insists on humanitarian truce in Tripoli and raises to 3,400 the displaced The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres (left), gives a press conference after attending the meeting on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen organized on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva (Switzerland) . EFE / Archive

    United Nations, – The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, once again asked the conflicting parties in Tripoli to declare a humanitarian truce to provide emergency services and allow civilians to leave the conflict areas, from where Some 3,400 people have already fled.

    “We are calling for a temporary humanitarian truce to allow the provision of emergency services and the voluntary passage of civilians, including those who have fled, from the areas of conflict,” said Guterres spokesman Stéphane Dujarric.

    Dujarric added that the Secretary General of the United Nations follows “with great concern” the evolution of the events and stated that the UN support mission to Libya (UNSMIL) “continues its work”.

    He also noted that the special envoy of the UN, Ghassam Saleme, met Monday with the leader of the Libyan government backed by the UN in Tripoli, Fayez al Serraj, “with whom he discussed the means with which the UN can help in this critical and difficult conjuncture “.

    Dujarric noted that heavy weapons fighting is affecting residential areas and that there are an undetermined number of civilians trapped.

    The last battles forced the closure of the air base of the Maitiga military base, the only operational airport in the capital.
    Security sources explained to Efe that the action of the bombing fighters under the command of Marshal Jalifa Hafter, a strong man from Libya, forced the diversion of all flights to the airfield in the neighboring city of Misrata, which has sent troops to the government’s aid. from Al Serraj.

    According to data cited by the UN, at least 32 people have been killed and 50 injured since last Thursday in the clashes between Major Hafter’s troops and the government forces of the Libyan capital (EFEUSA).

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