Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Proposed UN resolution demands an immediate ceasefire in Libya

Proposed UN resolution demands an immediate ceasefire in Libya

Fighting erupted after forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar began a military campaign in early April to take the capital, where the UN-backed government is based.

Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani called for imposing an effective arms embargo on Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and his Libyan National Army's (LNA) and suggested forcing the LNA leader to withdraw his troops from the territories seized during the army's ongoing operation to liberate Tripoli.

In a tweet, they stated, "Tripoli toll is now 174 dead and 756 wounded".

Almost 7,000 migrants are trapped in government-run detention centres in Tripoli, the IOM said.

The inside of a house damaged by shelling during the fighting between the eastern forces and internationally recognized government is pictured in Abu Salim in Tripoli, Libya April 15, 2019.

The British-drafted resolution also calls on all parties to immediately re-commit to attending a United Nations -facilitated political dialogue "and work toward a comprehensive political solution to the crisis in Libya".

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The conflict has brought a growing humanitarian toll - 174 people killed, 756 injured and nearly 20,000 displaced, according to the latest United Nations tallies - and sunk for now an worldwide peace plan.

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper, that a postponed United Nations peace forum should be rescheduled and Haftar's army made to withdraw in the meantime.

The foreign minister of Qatar, which has been supporting the GNA, arrived in Rome on Monday to discuss the situation in Libya with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and the state's foreign minister, Enzo Moavero Milanesi.

East Libyan authorities told Reuters that Qatar and Turkey back rival factions in western Libya.

Bombing residential areas "is a crime against humanity", said the lead of the national unity government Fayez al Sarraj, speaking overnight from the Abu Slim district shortly after the Grad rocket attack.

Though Haftar presents himself as a champion against what he calls terrorism, opponents cast him as a would-be dictator like Gaddafi.

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