In wake of attacks, UN calls on Libyans to support legitimate institutions

Migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa sit by the sea in Benghazi, eastern Libya

16 June 2013 – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) today called on all citizens to support their country's legitimate institutions, following armed attacks in Benghazi, which resulted in several deaths and injuries.

In a news release, UNSMIL called on all Libyans “to rally around their legitimate institutions, both civilian and military, to enable them to carry out their duties of ensuring security and stability.”

According to media reports, Libyan special forces clashed with gunmen outside a military base in the country's second largest city during overnights attacks on Saturday, killing six soldiers and injuring at least five others.

Earlier this month, some 20 people were killed and nearly 80 wounded when a militia, also in Benghazi, opened fire on a group of protesters.

UNSMIL condemned the attacks, expressing deep regret for the loss of life, and urged Libyans to “reject violence in all its forms and all acts of retaliation. The Mission reiterates the necessity of resolving disagreements peacefully and through dialogue.”


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