UN Envoy: Tripoli Armed Clashes Emphasises Libya’s Need for Unified Institutions

The UN Envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily
The UN Envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily

The UN Envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily remarked that the tragic events that took place in Tripoli earlier this week underscore Libya’s pressing need for the establishment of unified, and accountable political and security institutions.

These incidents resulted in the loss of lives due to the clashes that occurred between the Special Deterrence Force (SDF) and the 444th Brigade on Monday and Tuesday.

Last week, 55 casualties and 106 injured were confirmed due to these clashes. 234 families were evacuated from conflict zones, and three field hospitals were established to cater to the wounded.

Meanwhile, Buraq Airline announced the temporary suspension of its international and domestic flights from Mitiga Airport until further notice, citing circumstances beyond its control.
Recent developments have emerged in southeastern Tripoli, following the detention of the commander of the 444th Brigade, Mahmoud Hamza, by the SDF at Mitiga Airport, on Monday.

The situation de-escalated after the dignitaries of Souq Al-Jumaa announced on Tuesday evening that Hamza would be handed over to a neutral entity, supervised by the Souq Al-Jumaa Social Council and the Four Districts. This also encompassed halting all military actions, returning units to their military barracks, and assessing public and private property damages, ensuring compensations are provided by the government.

Libya has been in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The county has for years been split between rival administrations, each backed by rogue militias and foreign governments.

The current stalemate grew out of the failure to hold elections in December 2021, and the refusal of Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba, who is leading the transitional government, to step down.