By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 23 July 2015:
In the face of the rising death toll . . .[restrict]in the south, UNSMIL has warned combatants that international humanitarian law bans attacks on civilians, which can be treated as war crimes.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya today said that it was deeply concerned at renewed clashes in Sebha, Kufra and Obari which had resulted in scores of dead, including three women and four children.
UNSMIL also condemned the sharp rise in crime in Sebha, (which has seen a spate of kidnappings and carjackings), which it claimed had cost more than 60 lives.
It said that it supported all local and national efforts to end the fighting. It called on all sides to “exercise maximum restraint, listen to the voice of reason and engage in talks to address their differences by political means”.
UNSMIL also said that the chaos engulfing all of the country demonstrated the need for the main actors to quickly reach a political settlement that would restore the authority of the state and, it predicted, ensure security and stability. [/restrict]