The European Union has reiterated its call for a truce in Libya, as the escalation of violence continues in the civil war-torn country.

“The European Union demands that all parties act responsibly and immediately cease the fighting all over Libya, which is first and foremost affecting civilians, including migrants, and is placing them at even greater risk,” EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell said in a statement on Tuesday.

The war to conquer Tripoli has caused thousands of civilians casualties, with the situation expected to deteriorate also due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as the country is considered “at high risk.” To this end, Borrell called all the parties involved to “allow and facilitate a safe, rapid and unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid and services to all those affected”.

Conflict in the civil war-torn country further escalated after forces by the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) launched a counteroffensive and expelled General Khalifa Haftar’s troops from several western cities.

In late April, the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy, along with Borrell, issued a joint call for a ceasefire in the country, urging all warring sides to resume peace talks.

“The truce must proceed hand in hand with an immediate resumption of UN-brokered talks between the parties, and in full respect of the Libyan Political Agreement,” added the EU’s foreign policy chief.

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