A spokesman for East Libya-based forces has called for strengthening relations with Algeria to combat terrorism, amid tension between the two sides.
In a video circulated on social media last week, commander of East Libya-based forces Khalifa Haftar threatened to spread war to Algeria, accusing the Algerian authorities of “exploiting the security situation in Libya”.
“Libya will not be a source of threat to its neighbors,” Libyan spokesman Ahmed al-Mesmari told a press conference held late Monday.
Turkey condemns deadly terror attack in Libya
Turkey on Tuesday "strongly" condemned the terror attack in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, which killed at least 2 people.“We have learned with sorrow that the terrorist attack perpetrated yesterday at the Libyan National Oil Corporation’s (NOC) headquarters in the capital Tripoli caused casualties,” the Foreign Ministry statement said.“We strongly condemn this terrorist attack towards an institution which has a key place in terms of stability and welfare of Libya,” it said.“We wish God’s mercy upon those who lost their lives, a speedy recovery to the wounded and convey our condolences to the friendly Government and the brotherly people of Libya,” the ministry added.An attack on the headquarters of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Tripoli left at least two people dead and another 10 injured on Monday, according to the Interior Ministry.Libya has remained dogged by turmoil since 2011, when a bloody NATO-backed uprising led to the ouster and death of long-serving leader Muammar Gaddafi after more than four decades in power.Since then, Libya’s stark political divisions have yielded two rival seats of power -- one in Tobruk and another in Tripoli -- and a host of heavily armed militia groups.Video: Attack on headquarters of Libyan state oil firm
“Algeria is a sister country,” he said. “Our fate is the same and our relations should be strong to combat terrorism.”
The spokesman said that Algerian military forces “mistakenly” entered Libyan territory.
“The Libyans and Algerians are brothers in one trench and are connected with political and social relations,” he said.
Libya has remained dogged by turmoil since 2011, when a bloody NATO-backed uprising led to the ouster and death of long-serving leader Muammar Gaddafi after more than four decades in power.
Since then, Libya’s stark political divisions have yielded two rival seats of power -- one in Tobruk and another in Tripoli -- and a host of heavily armed militia groups.
UN voices concern over military operations in Idlib
The UN's Human Right Council on Monday expressed concerns over "the ongoing military operations" and their impact on millions of civilians in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province.In the keynote speech at the 39th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said: "We remind all parties to the conflict that they must adhere strictly to all relevant principles of international humanitarian law in the conduct of operations."The impact of the conflicts on civilians should be minimized, humanitarian aid should be provided, and humanitarian corridors should be opened to ensure that the civilians safely leave conflict-affected areas, Bachelet added.Syrian opposition forces on red alert as Idlib offensive looms"Accountability must be a corner-stone of the country's future," she said.The Syrian regime has recently announced plans to launch a major military offensive in the area, which has long been controlled by various armed opposition groups.The UN warned last week that such an offensive would lead to the "worst humanitarian catastrophe in the 21st century".Located near the Turkish border, Idlib is home to more than 3 million Syrians, many of whom fled from other cities following attacks by regime forces.Turkish Red Crescent sends aid to Syria's Idlib,LatakiaCall to establish independent mechanism to probe MyanmarBachelet also commented on a recent UN report on Myanmar’s human rights violations and abuses.She said, "This Council session will be apprised of the deeply shocking findings of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar."She referred to the report where the UN documented mass gang rapes, killings -- including of infants and children -- brutal beatings, and disappearances committed by Myanmar state forces.Turkey welcomes half of the world’s Syrian refugeesIn the report issued by the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, UN investigators said the violations may have constituted crimes against humanity.Bachelet called on member states at the council to establish an "independent international mechanism" for Myanmar to collect, consolidate, preserve, and analyze evidence of the most serious international crimes in order to expedite fair and independent trials in national and international courts.The commissioner added: "This mechanism would also complement and support the preliminary examination of the ICC [International Criminal Court] Prosecutor."Last week, ICC ruled it could investigate Myanmar for the alleged deportation of Rohingya to Bangladesh as a possible crime against humanity.The unprecedented decision could expose the country’s politicians and army generals to charges.The 39th Human Rights Council is held between Sept. 10-28 at the UN headquarters in Geneva.The council will discuss human rights violations in Syria, Yemen, the occupied Palestinian territory, South Sudan, Somalia, Libya, as well as in the Democratic Republic of Congo.The three-week session will be carried out with the participation of 25 independent human rights experts, groups and mechanisms.