Libyans are urged to stop factional fighting

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Anti-weapon demonstrations in Libya

Factions around towns in the north-western part of Libya have been urged by the United Nations to stop fighting.

An outbreak of clashes between hostile ethnic groups in the towns of Zuwara, al-Jumail and Regdalin has reportedly left more than a dozen people dead.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya says it is deeply concerned about this recent upsurge in violence and about the reports of growing casualties.

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky says the mission welcomes the efforts of the Libyan authorities and local leaders to try to broker a ceasefire and restore calm and order as soon as possible.

"The Mission is calling on all concerned parties to cease hostilities immediately while negotiations are taking place. The latest clashes, coming on the heels of fighting in the south of the country, underline the need for the authorities to accelerate efforts in building strong state security institutions. And that includes integrating revolutionary fighters and collecting heavy weapons. The clashes also highlight the legacy of four decades of autocratic rule and the need for all Libyans to work towards reconciliation."

Duration: 29"

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