The situation in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, has taken a turn for the worse as armed clashes have escalated, resulting in a rising death toll.
According to officials, the number of fatalities has now reached 55, with 146 individuals injured in the fighting.
These clashes are between the Special Deterrence Force, which is affiliated with the Presidential Council, and the 444th Brigade of the National Unity Government.
The Emergency Medicine and Support Centre has been actively involved in responding to the crisis. They have successfully evacuated 234 families from the areas affected by the clashes.
The trigger for these hostilities was the arrest of Mahmoud Hamza, the commander of the 444th Brigade, by the Special Deterrence Force at the Mitiga International Airport. This incident sparked a violent response, leading to the current state of unrest.
Efforts are underway to resolve the conflict and reduce the civilian casualties. Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh has engaged in negotiations with local figures in the Souq Al-Jumaa area. Their aim is to secure a ceasefire by handing over the arrested commander to a neutral party. This move could potentially de-escalate the tensions and pave the way for a peaceful resolution.
However, despite these diplomatic efforts, the situation on the ground remains grim. The mounting death toll and the increasing number of injuries are a source of great concern. The clashes have already disrupted the lives of hundreds of families who have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety.
The international community must pay heed to this ongoing crisis and take immediate action to prevent further escalation. It is crucial to provide assistance and support to the affected civilians and ensure that they have access to essential services, such as healthcare and shelter.
Beyond the immediate humanitarian aspect, addressing the root causes of the conflict is essential for achieving long-term stability in Libya.
Political rivalries, armed militias, and socioeconomic disparities have fueled the existing tensions, and these issues must be addressed comprehensively to prevent future outbreaks of violence.