Libya is on the brink of a civil war that could “lead to the permanent division of the country,” a top UN official warned the Security Council on Tuesday as he urged the world body to stop countries that were fuelling the conflict with weapons.
Eastern Libyan forces commander Khalifa Haftar urged his troops trying to take Tripoli to battle harder and teach their enemies an even bigger lesson, because the Muslim month of Ramadan that begins on Monday was a month of holy war.
At least 392 people have been killed and 1,936 wounded since strongman Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive against Tripoli.
At least 278 people have been killed and more than 1,300 wounded in the clashes, according to a toll released Wednesday by the World Health Organization.
The battle for the capital has all but wrecked UN-backed efforts for a peace deal between the rival factions and threatened to further disrupt Libya’s oil industry.