Stalemate persists in Tripoli
In the last week, reports suggest limited territorial changes between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and Government of National Accord (GNA)-aligned forces in Tripoli. Clashes continue in Ain Zara, al-Hira, Espiaa, al-Hadba al-Khadra, Abu Salim, al-Twaisha, Tripoli International Airport (TIA), and Wadi al-Rabia areas. The LNA made limited advances along its al-Khillat axis towards Abu Salim and Ain Zara. The LNA also took control of the Naqlaya Military Camp. On 17 and 18 May, the LNA successfully repelled a GNA advance on the Ramla area and the TIA respectively.
Meanwhile, General Haftar held talks with French President Macron in Paris about the crisis in Libya. International media outlets reported that Haftar claimed the “conditions were not met yet for a cease-fire”. As a result, fighting is most likely to persist in Tripoli in the short-time. On 21 May, Ghassan Salamé, the UN Special Envoy to Libya, alerted the UN Security Council that Libya risked “descending into a civil war which could lead to the permanent division of the country”.
According to the UN, at least 510 people have been killed in the Tripoli conflict so far, with at least 75,000 people displaced. Media outlets reported on 21 May that the water supplies which had been attacked by an armed group on 19 May have been restored, averting significant shortages.