A dozen Grad rockets fell in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday in a densely populated suburb of Tripoli, the Libyan capital attacked for two weeks by the Libyan National Army (ANL) Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the strongman of this is from the country.
The bombardment, shortly before midnight, struck the neighborhood of Abu Salim, in the south of the city. He made seven deaths, mostly women, and 17 wounded, according to authorities and witnesses.
Since the beginning of the ANL offensive, the fighting has killed more than 800 people, according to the United Nations.
“Horrible night of indiscriminate shelling in residential areas For the salvation of the three million civilians living in Greater Tripoli, these attacks must stop, NOW!”, Tweeted the UN envoy Ghassan Salamé, who is in the Libyan capital.
Both sides accused each other of being the source of the shooting.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), thousands of civilians are trapped in the southern neighborhoods of Tripoli, where government forces have blocked the advance of the ANL.
The clashes led to nearly 20,000 people fleeing. According to OCHA, at least 14 civilians died in the fighting and another 36 were injured.
The internationally recognized Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al Serraj visited Wednesday morning the bombed area, eight kilometers south of the city center.
Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Salvini, said the chaos that followed Marshal Haftar’s offensive in Tripoli heightened the risk of “terrorist infiltration” on board ships used by migrants in an attempt to rally Italy.
“The Islamist terrorist infiltration is no longer a risk, it has become a certainty: it is therefore my duty to reaffirm that no berthing will be allowed on the Italian coast,” the radio said. President of the Council and leader of the League.
“Italy is working day and night for peace and dialogue, common sense must prevail,” he added.
The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution presented by the United Kingdom to establish a ceasefire in Libya.
The text, which could be put to the vote this week, asks countries that may have influence over belligerents to ensure respect for any ceasefire. He also wants humanitarian aid to reach all regions of the country.
On 5 April, the Security Council expressed its concern over the fighting near Tripoli and stressed that there could be no military solution to the conflict.
The ANL was planning to take Tripoli in two days, but forces loyal to Serraj’s national unity government managed to contain the offensive with the help of the western militia.