Italy's Foreign Minister said on Tuesday his country is closely following the situation in Tripoli, as cautious calm prevailed on Wednesday following a tense night of sporadic clashes between two military factions.

The conflict was triggered by the detention of Colonel Mahmoud Hamza, commander of the 444th Combat Brigade on Monday.

The RADA Special Deterrence Force, which controls Mitiga International Airport in Tripoli, detained Hamza as he was reportedly en route to Misrata.

FM Antonio Tajani noted that he phoned his Libyan counterpart Najla Al-Mangoush to keep track of the situation.

Italy's priority remains the stability of Libya without violence or interference and to continue on the path towards elections, the top Italian diplomat wrote on His X account Tuesday.