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.
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.
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.