Residents in Hun and Sukna regions have clashed with the Janjaweed mercenaries affiliated with Haftar, spokesman for the Sirte-Jufra Military Operations Room, Abdul Hadi Darah said.

In a press statement, Drah confirmed that the clashes were triggered when members from the Janjaweed forces encroached on private lands and farms in the Hun and Sokna regions.

Several brigades and militias belonging to Haftar have been dispatched to the area in an attempt to end the clashes and defuse the tension, according to Darah.

In April 2019, the country saw a new round of conflict when the putschist military commander Khalifa Haftar backed by mercenaries from Africa, Russia, and other nationalities launched an offensive to try and capture Tripoli.

Haftar agreed to a ceasefire in October 2020 after his defeat at the hands of the Libyan army forces in May last year.

The agreement included a demand for all foreign fighters and mercenaries to leave Libya within 90 days.

However, the UN chief Antonio Guterres said in a new report to the Security Council Friday that there was no reduction of foreign fighters or of their activities in Libya.

According to a UN report in December 2020 there is at least 20,000 foreign fighters and mercenaries in Libya, including Syrians, Russians, Sudanese and Chadians. But at an informal council meeting in late April, speakers indicated that the real numbers are more higher than those mentioned in the report.