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Word powers call for immediate ceasefire in Libya

France, Britain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, the United States and Italy on Tuesday called for an immediate end of fighting in Libya.

The six countries have expressed their concerns over the violence around the capital Tripoli. They warned against the attempts by “terrorist groups” to take advantage of the political void in Libya.

The six powers “call for an immediate de-escalation and halt to the current fighting, and urge the prompt return to the UN-mediated political process.

They urged a rapid return to the political process under the auspices of the United Nations.

The countries warned that the fighting “has fueled a growing humanitarian emergency,” aggravating a crisis with migrants, and voiced fear that extremists would thrive in the security vacuum.

Libya has been in the midst of a violent power struggle over the past several years. The overthrow and killing of longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 plunged the country into chaos, with rival militias battling for power.

Governance over the oil-rich nation has shifted between power centers from west to east.

But Tripoli has been the site of intense fighting since April, when General Khalifa Haftar and his Libyan National Army (LNA), which controls much of eastern and southern Libya, began their offensive on the capital, which is controlled by the internationally backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

Since then, over 1,000 people have been killed in and around Tripoli, and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 100,000 people have fled the area.