UN announces launch of new security arrangements in Libyan capital

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-13 02:17:27|Editor: yan
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TRIPOLI, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- The UN special envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame on Wednesday announced the launch of new security arrangements in the Libyan capital Tripoli.

"The Government of National Accord has officially started forming the security arrangements committee. The new tasks of the committee and its new structure were agreed upon," Salame said at a press conference held at the government headquarters in Tripoli.

He also called on parties which have not signed the cease-fire agreement to do so, saying significant progress has been made in strengthening the truce.

On Wednesday morning, Mitiga International Airport in Tripoli was closed again after being hit by indiscriminate shelling.

Libya's capital Tripoli recently witnessed violent clashes between government forces and the "7th Brigade" militia from the city of Tarhuna, some 80 km southeast Tripoli, killing at least 78 and injuring 210 others.

The UN Mission in Libya last week brokered a cease-fire between the fighting parties in the capital. However, the 7th Brigade threatened to break the truce and resume fighting to "eliminate crime and gangs in Tripoli."

On Tuesday, the UN-backed Libyan government rejected such threat by confirming keenness to maintain security and stability in the capital.

Libya has been suffering insecurity and escalating violence since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011.