UN envoy condemns attack on air base in southern Libya

Source: Xinhua| 2017-05-20 06:01:03|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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UNITED NATIONS, May 19 (Xinhua) -- A United Nations envoy to Libya Friday strongly condemned the attack on the Brak al-Shati air base in southern Libya, calling for efforts to find political solutions for the country's crisis.

"I am outraged by reports of significant numbers of fatalities, including civilians and by reports that summary executions may have taken place," said Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

Dozens of or even over 100 soldiers and civilians were reportedly killed on Thursday during an attack on the Brak al-Shati air base by local militia.

"I call upon all parties to condemn this attack and not to allow it to undermine intense efforts to find peaceful political solutions." he said in a statement.

Libya has been suffering insecurity and chaos since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011. The country is plagued with unrest and political division.