UAE accuses GNA of fighting along side "thugs and gangs" in Tripoli

Alwasat - Cairo Wed 15 May 2019, 10:23 PM
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UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Wednesday that some armed groups fighting alongside the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli include "thugs and gangs," calling for dialogue and a cessation of war.

There are armed battles around the capital Tripoli between the national army led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar and the forces of the GNA since April 4, leaving hundreds of dead and wounded, as well as tens of thousands of displaced according to the World Health Organization .

According to Agence France-Presse, Gargash added during a meeting with journalists in Dubai that "many of those who fight alongside the GNA are people we fear. Persons to whom the United Nations and other parties have sanctioned."

Adding: "the capital of Libya is dominated by militias, some no more than gangs and bandits."

However, the UAE minister said Abu Dhabi "supports the cessation of infighting and a return to dialogue. There is no military solution."

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