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LIBYA - 28/08 08:59 CET

Libya warns of looming ‘civil war’ as UN passes resolution to tackle the crisis

Libya warns of looming ‘civil war’ as UN passes resolution to tackle the crisis

The UN Security Council has passed a resolution tightening an arms embargo for Libya and extending sanctions to those thought to be fueling the conflict. It’s feared the violence could spread elsewhere in the region and potentially provide a hotbed for terrorism. The UN’s outgoing envoy to the country, Tarek Mitri, has…