IUNW Condemns Attack on Tripoli by Haftar Forces
International United Nations Watch (IUNW) condemns the ongoing assault on Tripoli by the Haftar-led forces attempting to take over the Libyan capital and oust the internationally-recognized National Accord Government of Libyan Prime Minister Fayiz Al-Sarraj. The attack is the latest in a series that started eight months ago when former General Khalifa Haftarn launched his bid to take over the capital with the support of regional forces like the UAE.
The latest attack has resulted in the displacement of hundreds of families, the deaths of dozens of Libyans and mercenaries recruited to the Haftar forces, and untold destruction of civilian facilities. Taking into account the hardships Libya has endured in the challenging years since the overthrow of the Libyan President Mommar Al-Qaddafi in 2011, IUNW is deeply concerned at the mounting loss of life and destruction arising from this most recent confrontation.
IUNW calls on the United Nations to assert itself by applying a no-fly zone over Libya just as it did in 2011. Such a move would provide greater protection to Libyans and would ensure that no foreign power could, as some reports have suggested, take part in bombing the Libyan people while also targeting migrants fleeing war and conflicts elsewhere in Africa. The UN needs to play a more incisive role in achieving reconciliation between all Libyan factions in order bring the conflict to an end.
The International United Nations Watch views the attack on the Libyan capital as part of a regional grab to control Libya’s natural resources. IUNW believes the US should do more to ensure the safety of civilians in Libya, to protect them from the ongoing conflict, and enable them to have the final say in a reconciliation process mediated by the UN without outside interference from any regional power.
IUNW also calls upon the EU to use its influence to bring about a peaceful settlement of the Libyan conflict. The longer the conflict lasts the greater the risk of yet another migratory wave through the Mediterranean endangering hundreds of more lives as the desperate and the destitute look to Europe’s shores for safety.