Libya has faced regular clashes between rival factions for more than a decade
The heavy consequences of the fighting highlight the inability of the international community to solve the problem of the Libyan militias.
Libya has faced regular conflicts for more than a decade. During all these years, the conflicting groups have sporadically sought to settle their differences through combat and the use of heavy weapons in residential areas, without paying attention to the security and rights of civilians.
This month the clashes between two Libyan factions have once again led to one of the most catastrophic clashes with several killings and many more injured. The deaths along with the sound of gunfire have caused many families to worry and deprived them of peace and comfort as their basic rights.
The number of victims and wounded includes more than 27 dead and 100 wounded, as previously reported by medics in the fighting Monday and Tuesday, before a tentative truce took hold. Evidence also shows the evacuation of 234 families from the frontline areas in the capital’s southern suburbs, while many healthcare staff have been trapped when providing care to the citizens.
Libya has been facing conflicts for more than a decade, leading to countless causalities, and example of which is 32 deaths and 159 injuries in August last year, deteriorating security and affecting civilians. In all these years, the conflicting groups have sporadically sought to settle their differences through battles and using heavy weapons in residential areas, paying no attention to the rights of civilians.
The heavy consequences of battles highlight the failure of the international community to address the problem of the militias. The Libyan people deserve to have their rights guaranteed, which is only possible through comprehensive support and cooperation of the international community.