Libya's High Council of State calls for a halt to "military escalation" in Derna

Alwasat - Cairo Wed 09 May 2018, 03:56 PM
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In a statement issued Tuesday, Libya's High Council of State called on the Presidential Council, the House of Representatives, the UN Mission in Libya and "all relevant organizations" to work to stop the "military mobilization" in Derna.

The Council also called on the bodies to deal with the "repercussions of the siege" on civilians, to facilitate the entry of food and to provide hospitals with medical supplies.

The Council demanded all the neighboring tribes in Derna to intervene urgently and spare the city and its people the scourge of war and contribute with the institutions of the state and the international community to "lift the siege and seek a peaceful solution under the legitimacy of the state."

The State Council stressed that its position is "firm and firm on the need to combat and eliminate terrorism by various means, as stipulated in the political agreement."

The commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Marshal Khalifa Haftar announced on Monday the "zero hour for the liberation of Derna," pointing out that he issued instructions to "avoid civilians during the battle."

According to the armed forces, the city of Derna is under the control of an extremist armed group called the "Shura Council Mujahideen," which does not recognize any of the political bodies in Libya.

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