UN Strongly Condemned Armed Groups Threatening Private and Public Institutions in Libya’s Tripoli

The UNSMIL report says the illegal use of force and intimidation against private and public institutions registered in Tripoli.

The UN support mission in Libya said in a statement on Facebook that it has observed over the last several days the illegal use of force and acts of intimidation against institutions, especially Aman Bank Al-Siyahia Branch and the Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company (LAFICO).

According to the statement, the aim of assaults is to seize control of these institutions and gain privileged access to financial resources.

“Armed men, acting under the guise of providing security or unsubstantiated authority, intimated and, in some cases, physically assaulted staff,” the statement also reads.

The UN mission described the interference in the livelihood of Libyans and Libya’s national wealth as a grave matter that must be immediately stopped and its perpetrators must be held accountable.

“Armed groups must withdraw from state and sovereign institutions and civilian facilities, not increase their grip,” the UNSMIL complained.

It also called upon the Government of National Accord to implement the new security arrangements in Tripoli that are designed to replace armed groups with regular and disciplined security forces.

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