- Military assistance — Armed conflict, international — Armed conflict, non-international — War crimes — Belligerence — Belligerents — Humanitarian intervention — Armed forces
This chapter provides an overview of the ongoing armed conflict in Libya between several non-state armed groups, including the ‘Libya Dignity Alliance’, the ‘Libya Dawn’ and the Ansar al-Sharia armed group. It presents key casualty data gathered by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED). All parties to the conflict are bound by customary international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights law, as Libya is a state party to the four 1949 Geneva Conventions and to other various international treaties. The conflict originated in May of 2014 when Ahmed Maiteeq, widely perceived as backed by Misrata-based Islamist groups, was appointed as the new Prime Minister. The legality of this appointment was questioned and was eventually declared illegal. Several armed groups took advantage of the situation which led to the country falling into civil war. The ACLED recorded at least 2,089 deaths in the period of May to December of 2014.