What Happened: Russia and the United States will not support a U.K.-sponsored draft resolution in the U.N. Security Council that calls for an immediate cease-fire in Tripoli, Reuters reported April 18.
Why It Matters: The U.S. decision not to support the resolution may indicate that Washington is considering shifting its stance toward supporting the Libyan National Army and its commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter.
Background: Since Hifter launched an LNA offensive on Tripoli on April 4, fighting has killed 213 people and injured more than 1,000. According to the latest reports, LNA members have been retreating toward al-Ghariyana as they have struggled to break into Tripoli's southern districts.
- An Escalation in Tripoli Pushes Libya to the Brink of Open War (April 16, 2019)
- In Libya, A New Offensive Could Disrupt the Oil Industry's Status Quo (April 12, 2019)
- What a Fight for Tripoli Could Mean for Libya's Future (April 8, 2019)