Since 2014, Libya has been split with an internationally-recognised government controlling Tripoli and the northwest, while Haftar in Benghazi controls the east [Mucahit Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned the UN Security Council (UNSC) that the conflict in Libya has entered a new phase “with foreign interference reaching unprecedented levels”.

Libya was plunged into chaos by the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed its longtime leader, Muammar Gaddafi.

Since 2014, the oil-rich country has been split, with an internationally-recognised government controlling the capital, Tripoli, and the northwest, while renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi controls the east.

Haftar is supported by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Russia, while the government is backed by Turkey. 

“The conflict

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