In Summary

The divisions among world powers deepened as Tripoli struggled to recover from the heaviest fighting since an offensive was launched

United Nations

The UN Security Council was divided Wednesday on how to address the crisis in Libya after fresh negotiations on a draft resolution demanding a ceasefire in Tripoli failed to yield agreement.

Germany, which holds the council presidency, called for an urgent meeting after Tripoli witnessed the heaviest fighting since commander Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive to seize the capital nearly two weeks ago.

The council was due to meet Thursday to hear a briefing on the situation on the ground and "consult on the way forward," according to a note sent by German diplomats and seen by AFP.

DIVISIONS DEEPEN

The divisions among world powers deepened as Tripoli struggled to recover from the heaviest fighting since an offensive was launched nearly two weeks ago.

At least 174 people have been killed and more than 25,000 displaced since Haftar ordered his forces to march on Tripoli on April 4, according to UN figures.

"Tripoli witnessed the heaviest fighting since the outbreak of clashes, with indiscriminate rocket fire on a high-density neighbourhood in the Libyan capital," said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

DISPLACEMENT

"In the past 24 hours, we've also seen the highest single-day increase in displacement, with more than 4,500 people displaced," Dujarric added.

Britain has put forward a draft resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire and de-escalation but Russia threw up concerns over language that criticized Haftar's offensive as a threat to Libya's stability.

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