UN approves resolution on Libya over mercenaries’ involvement

FILE PHOTO: Damage is seen after a shell fell on a residential area in Hadba al-Badri district, in Tripoli, Libya January 28, 2020. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny/File Photo

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The 15-member U.N. Security Council passed its first resolution on Libya since the Tripoli war broke out, expressing “grave concern over the exploitation of the conflict by terrorist and violent groups” and demanding that the parties commit to a lasting ceasefire according to terms agreed by the country’s Joint Military Commission.

It expressed concern over the growing involvement of mercenaries in Libya.

On Wednesday, the Eastern Libya forces will not allow the United Nations to use the only functioning airport in the capital Tripoli, a spokesman for the group that has been trying to capture the city from the internationally recognised government said on Wednesday.

The U.N. earlier warned flight restrictions by commander Khalifa Haftar’s forces known as the Libya National Army (LNA) were hampering humanitarian and mediation efforts in the oil-producing country embroiled in a conflict between loose alliances from western and eastern Libya since 2014.