Violence Continues in Libya: 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know

1. Fighting resumes after ceasefire

After agreeing to a 2-day truce in respect of observing Eid Al Adha, Libyan officials say the fighting around Tripoli has resumed, and the self-styled Libyan National Army led by commander Khalifa Hifter carried out airstrikes overnight on the southern outskirts of Tripoli. The militias allied to the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli also shelled Hifter’s forces in the area. This continuance of violence after the Muslim holiday was expected, as the Libyan civil war has reached a heated stage, with many foreign nations adding fuel to the fire.

2. Drone strikes increase fears of civilian deaths

The Libyan civil war has for the most part been an air war, one which is intensifying as rival forces in the divided country try to break a military stalemate, heightening significantly the risk of civilian casualties. Around 45 people were killed and dozens wounded in an airstrike last Sunday that targeted a town hall meeting in south-western Libya. The forces of Khalifa Haftar have been blamed for the strike. As the war now rages on after the brief cease-fire, worries of civilian casualties are increasing, and the international scene is moving away from further violence and towards pushing for peace in the region, a task which will by no means be easy.

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3. How Libya’s civil war has attracted international attention

4. Division in Europe over Libya

5. Migration crisis increases

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