UN official warns of escalating Libyan war citing foreigners

The top U.N. official in Libya warned Tuesday that the war in the north African country will “intensify, broaden and deepen” because of increasing foreign intervention and the massive influx of weapons, military equipment and mercenaries to both sides. Acting U.N. special envoy Stephanie Williams said the escalation will have “devastating consequences for the Libyan people” who are “getting lost in the mix, their voices crowded out.” Williams’ video briefing to the council came a day after forces allied with Libya’s U.N.-supported government wrested control of a key military base on the outskirts of the capital Tripoli from eastern-based forces under commander Khalifa Hifter who have been trying to capture the city of two million since April 2019.

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