Italy called on Friday for an immediate de-escalation and the exercise of maximum restraint on the conflict in Derna.

The Italian Embassy tweeted that it joins the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in its urgent appeal for the protection of civilians in Derna, de-escalation, and restraint.

The Embassy affirmed its country's readiness to provide humanitarian aid if “safe humanitarian access is granted by the parties involved.”

Earlier, the UNSMIL appealed to all parties to the conflict in Derna to exercise restraint and to take precautions to protect civilians in compliance with the international humanitarian law.