Vice President of the Presidential Council of Libya Ahmed Maiteeq said his country is facing a humanitarian crisis as a result of the escalation of the combat around Tripoli. Maiteeq was speaking in Rome on Tuesday.
«Today we are facing a humanitarian crisis in Tripoli. More than 20,000 people in the south of Tripoli are displaced, more than 500 people are injured, 120 people were killed. And all... Еще this has not stopped him from continuing his attack in Tripoli,» said Maiteeq.
«As a Government of National Accord (GNA), and the government of Libya, we are very clear: we are capable, and will defend Tripoli, and we will go beyond this to take back all his troops where they came from,» he added.
The Libyan official also said that he met with French and Italian representatives on the issue, and that both France and Italy understand the position and support the GNA.
«This morning I had a meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister Salvini and he showed big support of the peace process and the return of forces which attacked Tripoli to where they were before. This shows that there is big solidarity from the Italian government for our government, and we understand that President Macron understands the same issue,» he said.
Fighting around the Libyan capital Tripoli has escalated since earlier this month, with the Libyan National Army (LNA) attempting to establish control over the city.
Over 10,000 Tripoli residents have so far been displaced due to the ongoing clashes, according to Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.
The LNA, which controls eastern Libya, is aiming to take over territory from the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), including Tripoli. The country has been split between the two rival sides since 2014.