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NATO 'deeply concerned' by Libya violence

AFP  |  Brussels 

is "deeply concerned" by the escalating violence in Libya, said Wednesday, calling on all sides to stop fighting as a deadly power struggle rages.

As the battle between armed groups for control of intensified, urged the rivals to support UN efforts to a truce.

"We are deeply concerned by the situation in We call on all parties to end the fighting, as called for by the United Nations," said in a statement.

"The current operation and advance on are increasing the suffering of the Libyan people and putting civilian lives at risk."

has been riven by divisions since the NATO-backed overthrow of dictator in 2011, with various armed groups and two parallel governments vying for territory and

Heavy arms fire was heard during much of the night on the southeastern outskirts of as strongman Khalifa Haftar's forces pressed an assault aimed at taking the capital from the UN-backed (GNA).

Haftar's self-styled (LNA), which controls swathes of the country's east, appears to be advancing on two fronts, from the south and southeast of Tripoli, while coastal roads to the east and west of the city are defended by fighters loyal to the GNA.

Stoltenberg insisted "there is no solution to the situation in Libya" and called on all parties to pursue the political path instead.

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First Published: Wed, April 10 2019. 22:25 IST