Libya escalation: UN condemns Haftar's advance on Tripoli

The U.N. Security Council expressed concern on Friday about military activity near Libya's capital Tripoli, warning that it threatens the country's stability, and called on Libyan National Army (LNA) troops commanded by Khalifa Haftar to halt all military movements. Haftar launched an offensive on Thursday to take the capital, held by a UN-backed unity government and an array of militias. The lightening assault was ordered as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was in Libya for a visit aimed at cementing a political deal on holding elections. At a closed-door emergency meeting of the Security Council in New York, UN envoy Ghassan Salame said that Haftar made clear to Guterres during the Benghazi meeting that he had no intention of halting his campaign, diplomats said.