The Libya Observer reports that the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said on its website on Monday that it was following the clashes in and around Tripoli with grave concern, calling on all parties to immediately cease all military action.
The European Union also called for ceasefire and end of hostilities in Tripoli. “We are following closely the surprising violence that erupted in Tripoli and we call on all parties to restore calm as there is no military solution to the crisis.” Bawabat Al-Wasat reported the spokesman for the EU as saying.
Likewise, the Italian Embassy in Libya condemned the violence on Twitter. “We stand by the people of Tripoli as they face renewed violence in the streets of their beautiful capital. Our condolences go to the victims families, our wishes of prompt recovery to all those injured. Only dialogue can bring peace and reconciliation in Libya, not military action.” It said. The British ambassador to Libya, Frank Baker, also weighed in on Twitter: “Very concerned by the clashes in Tripoli. We call on all parties to cease military action, protect civilians, respect international law and engage in dialogue to de-escalate the situation Libya.”
In another report, we read that the former chief of the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG) Ibrahim Jodran and Moamar Gaddafi’s tribal loyalists as well as Chadian rebels have been teaming up for a new alliance to carry out a military operation to control not only the oil crescent region but also many more areas in the country, The New Arab reported, citing Ajdabiya military sources.
The commander of the self-styled army in eastern Libya Khalifa Haftar sent more troops to the oil crescent region and reports said Al-Saiqa Force’s units were seen moving toward the southwestern region, especially to Ghat, yet Al-Saiqa spokesman Miloud Al-Zway denied the reports.
“Jodran met with former Haftar’s forces leader in western Libyan district of Wershiffana, Omar Tantoush, and other military officers who are loyal to Gaddafi in order to form a brigade of Gaddafi loyalist from different tribes in southern Libya.” The New Arab reported. Tantoush defected from Haftar’s so-called army months ago.
The Libyan House of Representatives (HoR) in Tobruk, eastern Libya, has failed again to hold a full quorum session and held a consultation meeting with 25 members instead on Monday. The Libya Observer says that the HoR’s Speaker Aqilah Saleh told lawmakers that they should achieve the required quorum next week to vote for amending the constitutional declaration and pass the constitution referendum law, the HoR’s spokesman Abdullah Blihiq said.
Saleh said if full quorum wouldn’t be reached, the HoR should activate (Law No.5) of 2014 and directly elect a president for Libya through popular voting.
Law No.5 of 2014 says popular voting can be organized by the parliament to reach a majority vote to elect a president for the State of Libya.