0547 GMT September 26, 2022
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman highlighted the necessity of ending clashes in the Libyan capital of Tripoli and resolving differences between the engaged parties through dialogue on the basis of safeguarding the African state’s interests and ensuring its people’s security.
Making the remarks in a Sunday statement on the Foreign Ministry’s website, Nasser Kanaani also expressed deep concern over the recent deadly clashes in Tripoli, according to mfa.gov.ir.
He said the Islamic Republic invites all sides to exercise self-restraint and prevent tensions from escalating, and calls on them to prioritize the Libyan people’s interests.
Kanaani gave the assurance that Iran will support the process of holding political talks and working out peaceful solutions that would help ensure the African state’s national unity, stability and territorial integrity, and would meet the demands of the people for the development and prosperity of their country.
The death toll from deadly clashes between rival government supporters in Libya’s capital has climbed to 23, sparking fears that the country could submerge deeper into yet another cycle of incessant violence, according to Press TV.
The fatalities were caused during a gun and bombing battle across various districts in Tripoli throughout late Friday and Saturday, AFP reported.
The confrontation took place between the supporters of the government of Abdulhamid Dbeibah, which is headquartered in the city, and the rival administration of former interior minister Fathi Bashagha, based in the country’s east.
The two sides traded blame for the violence leading to the bloodletting that also wounded at least 140 others, said the Health Ministry in Tripoli.
Six hospitals were also damaged during the melee, with plumes of smoke billowing out of them.
The United Nations’ Libya mission called for “an immediate cessation of hostilities,” citing “ongoing armed clashes including indiscriminate medium and heavy shelling in civilian-populated neighborhoods”.