The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressed its regret for the crash of the helicopter near Al-Zawiya city, west of Tripoli, which killed all passengers onboard, including military officers and brigade commanders.
The Mission calls on the rival parties to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from any action that would further escalate tensions.
The Mission also recalls that the area west of Tripoli has seen relative calm in recent months as a result of local ceasefire and reconciliation efforts.
According to UNSMIL website, the Mission urges local leaders and those with influence on the ground to immediately work to prevent an escalation of tensions. The Mission also calls on the relevant authorities to conduct an open and transparent investigation to determine the cause of the crash.
The UNSMIL urges all sides to place Libya’s higher national interests above all other considerations and work towards de-escalation to spare their country and people further bloodshed and violence.