By Sami Zaptia.
London, 12 December 2018:
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressed its strong condemnation of Sunday’s consecutive, but unrelated, attacks against civilians and facilities in the South of Libya.
It called on the Libyan authorities to take prompt and effective action against the lawlessness engulfing the region.
In its Monday statement, UNSMIL said that “The murder of six hostages taken during ISIL’s attack on the town of al-Foqha on 28 October 2018 is particularly abhorrent.
The senseless murders are a serious violation of international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes. The Mission extends its condolences to the families of the victims.”
UNSMIL also denounced the attacks on the Sharara Oil field and al-Hasawna Man-made River water System.
It said that “The forced shutdown of the Sharara Oil field by armed elements claiming attachment to the local Petroleum Facilities Guard, if sustained, will result in a production loss of 388,000 barrels a day, amounting to $32.5 million dollars. The Mission calls for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the armed elements from the area”.
While UNSMIL recognized “that the residents of the South have legitimate grievances and that urgent issues of delivery of services must be addressed”, it stated that “Such acts of violence and lawlessness exacerbate the already deficient provision of services in the South, further depriving its residents”.
It added that “Interference with the livelihood of Libyans and Libya’s national wealth is a blow against Libyans everywhere”.
UNSMIL urged the Faiez Serraj Presidency Council and Government of National Accord to act quickly and decisively to step up service-delivery to the south of Libya in order to meet legitimate local grievances and added that the UN stood ready to support it in this regard.