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2019-08-13 Africa North
U.N.: Car Bomb Kills 3 U.N. Staff outside Mall in Libya
[AnNahar] A bomb-laden vehicle went kaboom! overnight outside a shopping mall in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, killing at least three U.N. staff members, a front man for the United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
secretary-general said. The attack came even as the country's warring sides said they accepted a cease-fire proposed by the U.N. aimed at halting combat in the capital Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
during an upcoming Moslem holiday.

Health officials said the blast took place outside Arkan Mall in the Hawari neighborhood, where people were gathering for shopping a day before the Eid al-Adha
...a major Moslem holiday, marked by animal sacrifice and ritual rioting...
holiday begins. The Benghazi municipal council said the attack targeted a convoy for the U.N. Support Mission in Libya.

The site of the attack is close to offices of the mission in Libya. Two of the dead hailed from Libya and Fuji, and the blast maimed nine people, according to health officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief news hounds.

Stéphane Dujarric, a front man for U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, said in a statement that three U.N. workers were among the maimed.

The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting late Saturday afternoon on the situation.

Assistant Secretary-General for Africa Bintou Keita told members the attack took place in an area "supposedly under full security control" of the Libyan National Army of Gen. Khalifa Hifter.

She said the attack "highlights the continued danger of terrorism across the country," and it confirms that the latest hostilities are creating a vacuum "easily exploited by radical elements that strive on chaos and violence."

Keita said the U.N. doesn't intend to evacuate from Libya and she expressed hope that both sides will abide by their commitment to the Eid cease-fire.

Footage circulated online shows what appears to be burnt U.N.-owned vehicles as thick smoke bellows into the sky.

No group immediately grabbed credit for the attack, which came just a month after two bomb-laden vehicles went off in Benghazi, the stronghold for the self-styled LNA. The July attack killed at least four people and maimed 33 others.

If it takes place, the upcoming cease-fire would be the first since the LNA launched a surprise military offensive on April 4 aimed at capturing Tripoli, ushering in fierce battles with militias loosely allied with a U.N.-supported but weak administration in the capital.

The battle for Tripoli has killed over 1,100 people, mostly combatants, and has displaced more than 100,000 civilians. Thousands of African migrants colonists captured by Libyan forces supported by the Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Union are trapped in detention centers.

In recent weeks, the battle lines have changed little, with both sides dug in and shelling one another in the southern reaches of the capital. Fighters have also resorted heavily to Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s and attacks by drones. An airstrike on one facility early last month killed more than 50 people ‐ many of whom were migrants colonists who died when a hangar collapsed on top of them.

Libya slid into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed long-ruling dictator Muammar Qadaffy
...The late megalomaniac dictator of Libya, admired everywhere for his garish costumes, funny hats, harem of cutie bodyguards, and incoherent ravings. As far as is known, he is the only person who's ever declared jihad on Switzerland...
. Armed groups have proliferated, and the country has emerged as a major transit point for migrants colonists fleeing war and poverty for a better life in Europe.

The LNA is the largest and best organized of the country's many militias, and enjoys the support of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Russia. But it has faced stiff resistance from fighters aligned with the U.N.-recognized government, which is aided by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire...
and Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
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