The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said it was following with concern security incidents and developments in Tripoli since Monday and their impact on the civilian population. While UN envoy Abdoulaye Bathily said he was deeply concerned about the ongoing security developments in Tripoli, and reminded all parties that protection of civilians is paramount.

Bathily urged all parties to deescalate the violence and respect the demands of the Libyan people for peace and stability. He said the current incidents remind us of the need for a broad political agreement that paves the way for elections and the unification of the state institutions.

In a statement on Tuesday, UNSMIL reminded all parties involved of their responsibility under international law to protect civilians, expressing concerns about the possible impact of these developments on the ongoing efforts to cultivate a security environment that is conducive to advancing the political process, including preparations for national elections. 

UNSMIL called for immediate de-escalation and an end to the ongoing armed clashes. Violence is not an acceptable means to resolve disagreements. It said: "All parties must preserve the security gains achieved in recent years and address differences through dialogue."

UNSMIL reminded all actors of their responsibility to preserve the prevailing relative stability and to create a conducive environment for holding elections to fulfill the aspirations of the Libyan people.