Fears of Libyan civil war as militias capture 145 Haftar troops | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Fears of Libyan civil war as militias capture 145 Haftar troops

Fears were mounting of renewed civil war in Libya after militias allied to the government in Tripoli captured scores of troops from a powerful rival force, and the UN secretary general, António Guterres, warned he was ending a visit to the country “with a heavy heart and deeply concerned”.

Guterres suggested a key meeting with eastern commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, had not resulted in assurances from the strongman leader to avoid an escalation of tensions.

“I leave Libya with a heavy heart and deeply concerned. I still hope it is possible to avoid a bloody confrontation in and around Tripoli. The UN is committed to facilitating a political solution and, whatever happens, the UN is committed to supporting the Libyan people,” Guterres said in a tweet late on Friday.

After Haftar ordered his forces to advance on the capital, militias supportive of the UN-backed government in Tripoli took prisoner 145 of his soldiers from a rival force advancing from the country’s east. Haftar’s men were captured in the town of Zawiya, west of Tripoli, along with 60 vehicles, a commander told Reuters.