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UN envoy says Libya risks ‘unprecedented violence’

March 10, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A top U.N. envoy is warning that Libya faces the risk of “unprecedented violence” following a dramatic increase in clashes across the country in the last three months.

Tarek Mitri is the secretary-general’s special representative to Libya. He told the Security Council Monday that Libya’s security situation continues to decline and popular frustration with the political process is mounting.

He cited the storming of the national Congress building by protesters demanding its dissolution on March 2 and clashes west of the capital Tripoli, in the south and southeast, where political, economic and social grievances spilled over into armed violence between rival groups, many along ethnic and tribal lines.

The toppling of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 left the country without a functioning government, as well as weak military and police forces.

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