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UN voices concern over clashes between armed groups in Tripoli

Tripoli: The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Friday expressed concern over clashes between two armed groups in east Tripoli.

“UNSMIL is following with great concern the clashes between two armed groups in Tajoura, a civilian-populated neighbourhood in Tripoli, involving heavy weapons, which resulted in damages to private properties and put civilians in harm’s way,” the Mission said in a statement.

UNSMIL called for an immediate cessation of hostilities, and reminded all parties of their obligations in accordance with international humanitarian law.

“This act underscores the urgent need for much-needed reform of the Libyan security sector,” the statement said.

According to local media, clashes erupted earlier on Friday between two armed groups in Tajoura in east Tripoli.

The UN-backed government’s Minister of Defense Salah Al-Namroush confirmed that the two groups have been “dismantled” and that their leaders were referred to investigation by the military prosecutor.

Libya has been suffering escalating violence and unrest ever since its leader Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed in 2011.

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