UN urges Libyans to reject violence following weekend clashes

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Martin Nesirky

Libyans are being urged to reject violence following clashes over the weekend which reportedly left 30 people dead.

The call comes from the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, UNSMIL.

According to reports, the disturbance broke out as protesters gathered outside premises of a militia in Benghazi demanding that it disband.

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky has more.

"The UN Support Mission in Libya has expressed its deep concern regarding the violence in Benghazi on Saturday that claimed the lives of many people and left many others injured. The Mission calls on all concerned to exercise maximum restraint and reiterates the necessity of resolving disagreements peacefully through dialogue and in a democratic spirit. It appeals to all Libyans to reject violence in all its forms and all acts of retaliation." (27")

Martin Nesirky says UNSMIL is calling on all Libyans to support national efforts to ensure security and stability throughout Libya.

The presence of armed militias in Libya has been a concern in the North African country since the overthrow of Muammar Qadhafi in 2011.

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