After a day of fatal skirmishes between political factions in Libya’s capital city of Tripoli, the United Nations has issued a plea for an immediate cessation of hostilities in the country. During the violence, at least 32 people were reportedly murdered, and dozens more were injured, according to the health ministry.
An official has stated that the deceased included a young comedian by the name of Mustafa Baraka. Since the NATO-backed rebellion in 2011 that toppled long-serving ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has been in an uncontrollable state of anarchy. In spite of this, the country has been relatively peaceful for the past two years.
On Saturday, the armed forces of the internationally recognized government attempted to repel a convoy of militias loyal to Fathi Bashagha. Bashagha is the man who is recognized as prime minister by an opposing eastern parliament and is vying for control of the country. The armed forces of the internationally recognized government attempted to push back the militias on Saturday. There have been multiple reports of explosions and fires caused by small guns in various parts of the capital. The entire city was shrouded in a thick layer of black smoke.
The emergency services reported that multiple medical facilities had been damaged. In addition, people were removed from the regions surrounding the conflict. Sunday was a calm and peaceful day in the nation’s capital. A call for an immediate ceasefire was made by the United Nations mission in Libya, which stated that the fighting had included “indiscriminate medium and heavy shelling in civilian-populated neighborhoods.” This call was supported by Richard Norland, the United States ambassador to Libya, on Saturday.
For a moment, the resource-rich nation enjoyed one of the finest levels of living in all of Africa, complete with free healthcare and education for all. But the stability that made it successful has been broken, and since 2011, Tripoli has been the scene of constant fighting between different groups.