The UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salamé, said that "the front lines in southern Tripoli are highly volatile," pointing to the increasing involvement of mercenaries and fighters from private military companies.
Speaking to the Security Council this evening, Salamé said it was "natural that the involvement of these experienced combatants would intensify the violence."
The UN envoy expressed deep concern "about the extent of artillery fire towards the north of the city (Tripoli), where the number of civilians killed and wounded in the past few days, while many families leave areas affected by the bombings. The increase in ground fighting in these densely populated areas would have serious humanitarian consequences. ”