German FM Makes Surprise Visit to Libya’s Tripoli

German FM Heiko Maas arrives in Tripoli. (dpa)
German FM Heiko Maas arrives in Tripoli. (dpa)
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German FM Makes Surprise Visit to Libya’s Tripoli

German FM Heiko Maas arrives in Tripoli. (dpa)
German FM Heiko Maas arrives in Tripoli. (dpa)

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas arrived on Monday in the Libyan capital Tripoli on a surprise visit aimed at helping ease the ongoing conflict.

Upon his arrival, he said the situation was “very dangerous” in the North African country.

“We see a deceptive calm in Libya at the moment. Both sides and their international allies are continuing to arm the country on a massive scale and are maintaining conditions for a ceasefire,” he added in a statement.

The German official’s visit coincided with the arrival of the defense ministers of Turkey and Qatar, Hulusi Akar and Khalid Al-Attiyah, to Tripoli, reported local media.



UN Human Rights Chief: Situation in West Bank 'Drastically Deteriorating'

Palestinian Muslims gather at the Al-Aqsa mosques compound in Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock in the background, on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, on June 16, 2024. (PAFP)
Palestinian Muslims gather at the Al-Aqsa mosques compound in Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock in the background, on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, on June 16, 2024. (PAFP)
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UN Human Rights Chief: Situation in West Bank 'Drastically Deteriorating'

Palestinian Muslims gather at the Al-Aqsa mosques compound in Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock in the background, on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, on June 16, 2024. (PAFP)
Palestinian Muslims gather at the Al-Aqsa mosques compound in Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock in the background, on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, on June 16, 2024. (PAFP)

The United Nations human rights chief on Tuesday warned that the rights situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, was drastically deteriorating, while there had been "unconscionable death and suffering" in Gaza.

"The situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is dramatically deteriorating," said Volker Turk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

He said that as of June 15, 528 Palestinians, 133 of them children, had been killed by Israeli security forces or settlers since October, in some cases raising "serious concerns of unlawful killings."