The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Thursday called on armed groups south of capital Tripoli — which have been fighting intermittently since late last month — to immediately commit to a ceasefire.
“UNSMIL calls on the parties fighting now in the area of Salah Eddin in Tripoli to cease all hostilities immediately,” UNSMIL tweeted late Wednesday.
“The UN holds the leaders of the fighting parties accountable for any harm befalling civilians,” it added.
The call came hours after armed clashes resumed Wednesday evening in Tripoli’s southern Salah Eddin district and along the road leading to Tripoli’s airport.
According to local witnesses, heavy gunfire could be heard in the city’s southern districts until Thursday morning.