TUNIS (Reuters) – The United Nations acting Libya envoy said on Wednesday that foreign supporters of both sides in the civil war were helping them stockpile weapons in breach of an arms embargo and as coronavirus “spirals out of control” in the country.
Some 70 resupply flights had landed in eastern airports in assistance of the Libyan National Army (LNA) of Khalifa Haftar since July 8, Stephanie Williams informed the U.N. Security Council.
In the same period, 30 flights and 9 freight ships had carried materiel to western Libya to help the globally identified Federal government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.
She did not call the nations involved. The LNA is supported by the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Egypt, while the GNA is backed by Turkey.
The conflict has actually fed into a larger tussle for influence amongst those countries in the eastern Mediterranean location. Williams alerted that any careless action “threats firing up massive confrontation, with the terrible consequences this would involve for the nation and the region at big”.
Libya’s conflict and a blockade on oil exports by eastern forces have actually gotten worse living conditions amid a quick surge in the coronavirus in some parts of the country, with the number of verified cases folding the previous 2 weeks to 15,156
” Exponential boosts are a worrying trend with community transmission now reported in some of Libya’s primary cities,” Williams stated, adding that the real scale of the pandemic in Libya was likely far greater than tape-recorded numbers revealed.
” Nearing full collapse after more than 9 years of dispute, the healthcare system is not able to react,” she stated.
Reporting By Angus McDowall; Modifying by Giles Elgood
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