Night shelling on Tripoli leaves more victims

epa02699480 A Libyan pre-Gaddafi era flag is seen as a rebel fighter keeps watch at a check point in the town of Ajdabiya, Libya, 23 April 2011. According to a Foreign Ministry official, after weeks of fierce fighting with Benghazi-based rebels, Gaddafi's forces would withdraw from Misurata and the local tribes would be left to settle the issue, either by force or negotiations. The official said that locals in neighbouring communities around Misurata had given the Libyan Army an ultimatum to finish off the rebels quickly. When the deadline was not met, the tribes vowed to deal with the rebels themselves. Rebels say at least 1,000 have been killed in Misurata, Libya's third most populous city, about 200 kilometers east of Tripoli. The key rebel foothold in western Libya, it has been besieged by Gaddafi forces for eight weeks. EPA/VASSIL DONEV

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Late night shelling in Libya’s capital Tripoli killed two people and wounded eight.

Late on Tuesday, residents had reported heavy shelling resonating in several parts of the city, which eastern forces have been trying to capture.

In the meantime, AFP reports that Britain has presented a draft resolution to the UN Security Council demanding an immediate ceasefire in Libya after forces loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive on Tripoli.

The proposed measure echoed a call for a ceasefire by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who was in Libya to personally advance prospects for a political solution when the offensive was launched.

Haftar, seen by his allies Egypt and the United Arab Emirates as a bulwark against Islamists, has declared he wants to seize the capital, now controlled by a UN-recognized government and an array of militias.

The draft resolution calls on all sides in Libya “immediately to re-commit” to UN peace efforts and urges all member-states “to use their influence over the parties” to see that the resolution is respected.

Russia last week blocked a draft council statement that would have called on Haftar’s forces to halt their advance on Tripoli.

Russia and France, two permanent council members, have praised Haftar’s battlefield successes in defeating Libyan armed groups aligned with ISIS in the south of the country.

Haftar’s offensive on the capital forced the United Nations to postpone a national conference that was to draw up a roadmap to elections, meant to turn the page on years of chaos since the 2011 ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.

Guterres has said that serious negotiations on Libya’s future cannot resume without a ceasefire.

Via Reuters/MEE

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