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UN unanimously extends Libya's arms embargo for 1 year

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The Security Council (UNSC) on Monday unanimously extended the ban on the flow of weapons to for another one year, even as infighting between rebel Khalifa Haftar's forces and UN-backed government shows no signs of abating in the strife-torn North African nation.

The arms embargo, which is implemented by a (EU) force, will remain in effect until June 2020.

In 2016, UNSC had authorised EU's Operation Sophia, which was initially aimed at tackling human trafficking, to inspect ships in the suspected of carrying weapons that could violate the arms embargo, reported.

UN is to report to the UNSC within 11 months on the embargo's implement, according to a resolution adopted.

Haftar's (LNA) has remained unsuccessful so far in capturing Libya's capital from the UN-backed (GNA) ever since fighting began in April.

However, the LNA has a sizeable presence in several areas around

has been largely divided into two factions ever since the death of dictator in 2011. The LNA controls the eastern part of Libya, while the UN-backed GNA governs Libya's western region from

While the LNA is backed by and the (UAE), it has accused of supporting the GNA and its forces in Tripoli.

More than 90,000 people have been displaced ever since the fighting broke out, while over 500 people have lost their lives.

The international community has urged for a peaceful resolution to the intense fighting which has ensued in the African country.

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First Published: Tue, June 11 2019. 04:57 IST