The European Union on 15 October condemned the attack in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, in which three children were killed, and expressed its condolences to the family of the victims.

The Tripoli-based government blamed the airstrike on the forces of Khalifa Haftar, the renegade Libyan commander whose forces are battling to capture the country’s capital.

“All parties must respect International Humanitarian Law and human rights, and in particular ensure the protection of civilians. Those responsible for war crimes must be held fully accountable”, the Union warned in a statement, and urged the international community to unite and accompany the Libyans to build peace, reconciliation and stability in the country, including through initiatives such as the Berlin one.

“There is no military solution to the Libyan crisis. Therefore, all parties need to immediately end hostilities and return to political negotiations under the leadership of the United Nations. The European Union firmly supports the work of the UN Special Representative Ghassan Salamé to relaunch the political process”, the statement reads.