UN raises Libya aid alarm as Tripoli clashes intensify

Forces loyal to the UN-recognised government take position during the fighting with the LNA in Ain Zara, Tripoli [Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters]

The United Nations needs to ramp up its humanitarian response in Libya as fighting around the capital, Tripoli is unlikely to stop soon, the UN's deputy envoy to the country has said.

The clashes, which have raised fears of a worsening conflict in Libya, began after the renegade commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), Khalifa Haftar, ordered his forces to seize Tripoli from the UN-recognised rival Government of National Accord (GNA) on April 4.