UNICEF’s Middle East and North Africa director warns more children are reportedly being recruited to fight, putting them at risk of danger in the violence-torn Libyan capital Tripoli. This is a result of the clashes that broke out between rival militias late August.
Last week, the protests in Basra resulted in the burning of government offices, political parties HQs, and the Iranian consulate. Since then, the protests have calmed. Troops sent from Baghdad have reinforced police numbers, while government offices and markets reopened after a quiet night.
Rival armed groups have clashed for more than a week over control of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. The clashes have led to the death of at least 50 people according to Libyan health officials. Attempts to hold a ceasefire have failed since the clashes erupted late August.
Tripoli has been gripped by deadly tribal violence as militias vie for control of Libya's state funds and vast natural resources. The clashes have renewed once again, casting doubt over whether the planned Libyan Elections will take place later this year or not.
Violence continues to rock Libya's capital, Tripoli, as the country finds itself torn between a myriad of militias, jihadist groups and traffickers. The recent clashes saw militias linked to the unity government fighting amongst each other using machine guns and tanks.
The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) called on the GNA to get a handle on armed groups in the country. The war-torn country has been gripped by violence following the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi.