UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the conflict in Libya has entered a new phase "with foreign interference reaching unprecedented levels," Al Jazeera reported.
He called on key players and their supporters to end this deadlock and agree to a ceasefire and peace talks.
"The conflict has entered a new phase with foreign interference reaching unprecedented levels, including in the delivery of sophisticated equipment and the number of mercenaries involved in the fighting," he said Wednesday.
"We are very concerned about the alarming military build-up around the city, and the high level of direct foreign interference in the conflict in violation of the UN arms embargo, UNSC resolutions, and commitments made by Member States in Berlin," Guterres noted.
According to him, between April and June this year, the UN mission has confirmed at least 102 civilians deaths and 254 civilians injuries - a 172 % increase compared with the first quarter of 2020.