UN calls for end to bloodshed in Libya

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People in Libya have been urged by the United Nations to stop fighting and allow an opportunity for political efforts to take their course.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) made the appeal in the wake of clashes that have erupted in the eastern region, particularly in Benghazi.

Dozens of people are reported to have been killed and injured in clashes between Islamist militants and forces loyal to a renegade general in Benghazi.

UNMSIL has condemned the loss of lives and injuries among civilians in these clashes.

It says "the persistence and increasing range of clashes involving heavy weaponry and aerial attacks need to be addressed immediately to ensure the situation does not deteriorate to dangerous levels."

Authorities in Libya have been struggling to restore stability to the country since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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