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Libya: UNSC condemns escalation of violence in South, Tripoli; concern for increase migrants smuggling

NEW YORK, MAY 26 – In a press statement, the UN Security Council condemned today’s acts of violence in Tripoli and the recent military escalation in southern Libya including the attack at Brak al-Shati on 18 May, which reportedly resulted in the summary executions of combatants and civilians.

The members of the UN Security Council reiterated as well their grave concern at the increase in smuggling of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, deplored the continued resulting tragedies, including on 24 May 2017 which resulted in dozens of casualties, and extended their deepest condolences to all those affected and their families.

At least 31 people — mostly toddlers — drowned Wednesday after falling from a packed migrant boat while trying to reach Europe from North Africa, rescuers said.

The members of the Security Council welcomed the statement by Prime Minister Sarraj condemning the military escalation and launching an investigation into the attack at Brak al-Shati. The members of the Security Council also noted condemnations of the attack by other Libyan political institutions.

The Council welcomed recent efforts to strengthen dialogue between Libyans, supported by Libya’s neighbours and regional organisations, and noted the importance of the UN-facilitated, Libyan-led process to advance inclusive political dialogue. It also called on Libyan stakeholders to expedite their work on the creation of unified state institutions, including unified national security forces under appropriate civilian control, and to combine their efforts to jointly fight terrorism, while expressing alarm at the impact which the continued fighting is having on the humanitarian situation and called on all parties to facilitate immediate and sustained access for the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

To read the press statement, click here. (@OnuItalia).

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Alessandra Baldini e’ stata la prima donna giornalista parlamentare per l’Ansa, poi corrispondente a Washington e responsabile degli uffici Ansa di New York e Londra. Dirige OnuItalia.

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