Shelling kills four in Tripoli as UN debates Libya ceasefire
The Libyan National Army (LNA) of renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar carried out heavy shelling on Tripoli Tuesday night as part of a campaign to overthrow the internationally recognized Libyan government. At least four people were killed due to the shelling.
On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) negotiated a resolution drafted by the UK that orders an immediate ceasefire in Libya. The draft states that Haftar’s campaign “threatens the stability of Libya and prospects for a United Nations-facilitated political dialogue and a comprehensive political solution to the crisis” and that the UNSC “demands that all parties in Libya immediately de-escalate the situation, commit to a ceasefire, and engage with the United Nations to ensure a full and comprehensive cessation of hostilities throughout Libya”.
While the LNA has not made significant gains for about a week, Haftar has so far ignored calls for a ceasefire because countries like the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and France believe he is the most suitable candidate for returning stability to the country for the first time since the overthrow of Gaddafi in 2011. As a permanent UNSC member, France can veto any resolution it disagrees with.