The United Nations, which backs the Government of National Accord (GNA) that is based in the capital Tripoli, condemned the attack on a military college that killed 29 people, amidst an ongoing conflict between the GNA and the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by General Khalifa Haftar
The conflict in Libya threatens to spread across the wider MENA, Maghreb and Sahel regions amidst increased support of Turkey for the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, with Egypt and the Gulf poised to support Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army in turn.
With Khalifa Haftar's LNA forces making progress against the GNA around the Libyan capital of Tripoli, the GNA's announcement of entering a military memorandum of understanding with the Turkish Government could take the conflict in a further unpredictable and regional direction.
Officials from Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army announced that they are launching the final stage of Tripoli operations and have made numerous gains around the Libyan capital. These claims, however, have been tempered by realities on the ground, as the stalemated enters its eighth month.
After a series of meetings with Libyan officials including Khalifa Haftar and Fayez al-Saraj, French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said that there is a potential breakthrough in resolving the crisis in Libya.
A group of Libyan leaders agreed to take part in a meeting to be held on Monday night in Sicily. Like other European nations, Italy wants to contain the threat of militants based in Libya from carrying out terror attacks on its territory.