The UN has been seeking to broker a truce in the capital Tripoli, where the eastern Libyan National Army (LNA) launched a surprise attack in April.
A car bomb blast in the Libyan city of Benghazi killed 2 UN officials on Saturday. The information was released by local medical sources quoted by Reuters.
LNA spokesman Ahmed Mismari told reporters that the two dead people were guards of the UN Stabilization Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) . He added that ten people were injured, including children.
The explosion happened in front of a mall and a bank. At least one burnt out UN car can be seen at the scene.
Since 2011, the year of the overthrow of the government and the assassination of Muammar Gadhafi, Libya has been in chaos. The Libyan territory is fragmented among several rival groups. In Tripoli is the GNA, chaired by Fayez Sarraj and recognized by the UN.
In the east, the people elected a parliament, the House of Representatives. She enjoys the support of the LNA, under the command of Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and seeks to alter the balance of forces in her favor. On April 4, 2019, Haftar’s army launched an offensive against Tripoli.
Back in early July, the UN Security Council called all parties in the Libyan conflict to cease fire immediately.
Security Council members condemned the July 2 attack on the (immigrant) detention center outside Tripoli in which 53 people died and more than 130 were injured, the UNCS statement said at the time.
The document added that the Security Council reiterates “the need for all parties to urgently reduce the level of tension and cease the fire”.
“Lasting peace and stability in Libya will only be possible thanks to a political solution,” it said.
The UN-recognized Tripoli-based National Accord Government accused Khalifa Haftar-controlled Libyan National Army troops of attacking the detention center in Tajura, east of Tripoli.
The Libyan National Army denies its involvement in the attack, accusing government-controlled groups of the National Accord of being behind the bombing.
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