UN Security Council Meeting Convened Over Situation in Libya

UN Security Council Meeting Convened Over Situation in Libya

Three United Nations employees have been killed and dozens of civilians, including children, injured after a vehicle bomb exploded in front of a shopping mall in the Libyan city of Benghazi, just as the UN convoy was passing by.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has condemned the attack "in the strongest terms" and extended his deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

On the heels of that campaign, his LNA launched in April an offensive to take the Libyan capital from the UN-recognised Government of National Accord.

"That demonstrates that Benghazi is not a safe place", the lawmaker said.

The UN's Libya envoy Ghassan Salame called the incident a "cowardly attack".

Seniloli Tabuatausole was a former soldier with the Republic of Fiji Military Force, who later joined the United Nations Security serving in Libya.

Military strongman Khalifa Haftar's forces announced that they would implement a ceasefire, after the unity government conditionally accepted the truce for the three-day holiday which starts Sunday. "Mr Clive Peck, Mr Seniloli "Tabs" Tabuatausole and Mr Hussein Elhader were working tirelessly, for UNSMIL, to give a more secure future and peace to the people of Libya", the post said.

The European Union called the attack "contemptible and a further worrying development in the Libyan crisis", urging all sides to abide by the UN-brokered truce.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which happened as a United Nations convoy was passing through the area.

At least two people were killed when a vehicle bomb exploded in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday, according to local security sources. The July attack killed at least four people and wounded 33 others.

United Nations envoy Ghassan Salame had already called several times for humanitarian truces, without success.

In recent weeks, the battle lines have changed little, with both sides dug in and shelling one another in the southern reaches of the capital. They also resorted heavily to airstrikes and attacks by drones.

Benghazi was the birthplace of a 2011 revolt that toppled Libya's long-time dictator Moamer Gaddafi. Armed groups have proliferated, and the country has emerged as a major transit point for migrants fleeing war and poverty for a better life in Europe.

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