Many armed men have taken over a hotel in Tripoli, the capital of the country, as part of a government crackdown.
Many armed men staged a demonstration at a hotel used as the capital by Libyan councils while divisions reappeared.
Armed men were spotted late Friday at the entrance to the Hotel Corinthia inside the Tripoli capital, according to media reports. Local journalists call them “militias”.
Presidential spokesman Najwa Wheba confirmed that armed men had seized “one of the largest councils in the city council”.
He told LANA news agency in Libya that “no one was injured” as the council was not working on Friday, a day off in Libya.
The demonstration comes at a time when the UN Security Council has called for the re-establishment of foreign and military forces in the United States.
A united government?
On Monday, Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush, from the east, angered many in Tripoli and in the west and called on Turkey to withdraw the troops it had used in the civil war.
The militants are known as Libya’s capital after overthrowing the atrocities perpetrated by eastern military chief Khalifa Haftar in June last year. He received support from several countries, most notably Russia and the United Arab Emirates.
What happened on Friday highlights the dangers of a united state. Both the Presidential Council and the Government of National Unity have faced internal threats and pressures under their control.
In eastern Libya, Haftar and his Libyan army (LNA) are still operating for almost a year after 14 months of threat to seize their capital. In Tripoli, militants who pushed Haftar back to the capital with the help of Turkey are still roaming the streets.
Foreign troops remain entrenched in both sides of the conflict, even though nations are calling for an end to the invasion.
‘Words that are careless’
Last week, al-Mangoush’s foreign minister repeated a call for foreign troops to leave after visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Turkey has said its presence in the war in Libya is different from foreign military forces because it has been called up by the former UN government and will not leave until others say so.
Just before the hotel was opened on Friday, Tripoli’s military base said on social media that they had met to discuss al-Mangoush’s “nonsensical allegations” and later called on GNU to reject Haftar.
Gunfire in October established a coalition government – led by Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah and the presidential council – as part of the United Nations map of the December elections.
In March, the UN Security Council ruled that the number of foreign troops and troops deployed was estimated at 20,000.
Libya has been embroiled in controversy since long-serving dictator Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed in a NATO-backed attack in 2011, and in recent years tensions have erupted in several foreign countries.
A long-term coalition government was formed in March, instead of the east and west militant organizations, and seeks to lead Libya to the polls.