Int’l community urges dialogue in Libya as Haftar’s forces advance on Tripoli

Clashes in Tripoli threaten the political process in the country

The move by Haftar's forces came ahead of the United Nations -backed peace talks set for mid-April and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was in Tripoli when their advance began.

The sides have been in an uneasy truce since shortly after Gaddafi's downfall but the country now risks falling into civil war.

Last-ditch appeals are being made to persuade Khalifa Haftar to step back from the brink of an all-out attack on Tripoli, Libya's capital, after the United Nations security council warned him to halt all military manoeuvres and said those threatening military solutions will face consequences.

The head of the UN-backed unity government, Fayez al-Sarraj, visited the checkpoint on Friday accompanied by military commanders.

On Thursday, Haftar reportedly announced in a voice recording released that they had launched an offensive to seize Tripoli.

Haftar's campaign to impose stability through military force has won him some support from Libyans tired after years of war and political stalemate, the Wall Street Journal said.

Pro-government militiamen from the coastal town of Zawiya, west of Tripoli, retook the base after a "short exchange of fire", a source said on condition of anonymity.

A renegade militia seeking to storm its way into Libya's capital battled for control of the global airport Saturday in a showdown that threatened to spill into bloody urban combat in the streets of Tripoli.

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Forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar were pressing on at the weekend with an offensive on the capital Tripoli, seat of the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA).

U.S. forces in Libya have been evacuated for their safety in connection with the deteriorating security situation in the country, which now has U.S. Africa Command conducting "prudent military planning" as it assesses the situation, the military said Sunday.

Eastern Libyan troops have advanced into the southern outskirts of the capital Tripoli in a unsafe thrust against the internationally recognized government. It's one of the largest units Haftar has deployed to march on Tripoli.

He returned during the revolution and he's subsequently become the most powerful military leader in a country rife with militias, allied to a rival government in the east. "I still hope it is possible to avoid a bloody confrontation in and around Tripoli", he said on Twitter.

"With Juan Guaido being stripped of his immunity. we don't want the situation to escalate", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in Dinard on Saturday.

Haftar told Bogdanov about what he described as efforts to fight terrorists in Libya, including near Tripoli, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Hifter's forces were stopped from advancing, and about 100 of his fighters were captured by the pro-government militias, local media reports said.

The Libyan air force, which is nominally under government control, said it had targeted an area 50km (30 miles) south of the capital on Saturday morning with "intensive strikes".

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