Fighting continues in Libya with heavy clashes reported between GNA and LNA forces around Tripoli. The stalemate that has developed around the capital has led both sides to seek increased foreign involvement, making it deadlier than before.
According to Al-Jazeera, the heads of both parties seem to rule out any sort of compromise thus far. Pro-GNA militias are demanding a no-fly zone be imposed by the United Nations. One GNA fighter was convinced that without foreign air support, Haftar would lose quickly.
Haftar has said in the past he is willing to come to a political solution with the Tripoli government, but only once the various militias based there, and who back the GNA, leave. GNA officials, on the other hand, demand they too seek dialogue but only once Haftar pulls his forces out of the area.
The various international powers are expected to convene a conference meant to end the fighting by the end of 2019, including persuading foreign powers Turkey, the UAE and Egypt to roll back their support for the two sides, help de-escalate as well as work to end human trafficking and resume oil supplies.