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Libya's United Nations-backed prime minister has told Sky News that it could inflict more than 800,000 migrants from its country into Europe.

Fayez al Sarraj, the Prime Minister of Libya, is a very polite man, a trained architect who entered politics in his 50s but he is a man with a tough message and he's not mincing his words right now.

We are sitting in a meeting room inside the prime minister's office in the capital – about seven miles (12km) away from the battlefront's raging on the edge of the city.

Who is a general under the country's former dictator, Colonel Gaddafi.

It is his first interview since Khalifa Heftar declared he was going to clear the capital of "terrorists" less than a fortnight ago.

Libyan forces are pushing to hold on to Libyan leader's allies to try and hold on to power
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Libyan forces are pushing back against former Libyan leader's allies to try and hold on to power

The two men were talking to each other in a conversation facilitated by the United Nations. Instead there's frantic fighting on the perimeter of the city and thousands of civilians have fled their homes to escape the battling.

The prime minister runs the government in Tripoli, which is recognised by the United Nations – while General Heftar has set up a rival administration in the east of his base in Benghazi. The idea of ​​peace now seems very far off the mark.

"We still want peace," Prime Minister Fayyaz al Serraj told us, "But if we're forced to fight, we're up for the fight." Talking about sitting around a negotiating table before the aggressive forces, I think is not Appropriate.

The Libyan Prime Minister warns nearly a million migrants could make their way over to Europe
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The Libyan prime minister warns nearly a million migrants could make their way over to Europe

"The International Community Must Pressures and Calles It by Its Name and Pressurise".

Hey chooses his words carefully.

The International Criminal Court has been gathering evidence of possible crimes being committed on the capital by General Heftar's men.

There have been attacks on schools, homes and offices – hit by rockets and bombs apparently dropped by the Heftar forces. The General has declared he's clearing the capital of "terrorists".

Libya has become a battleground
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Libya has become a battleground

The prime minister claims this is a thinly-disguised military grab of power.

"Has Tripoli become a terrorist city?" he asks.

The UN secretary general in the capital meeting him only about 12 days ago. Are these terrorists living in Ain Zara or Sawani are they? "Are they any of these terrorists? call it as it is? "

He wants the fighters who are carrying the crimes against humanity and Khalifer Heftar to be held accountable.

Putting more pressure on the international community, the leader warned about a European migrant crisis.

Around 800,000 migrants have used the country's instability to try and make their way to Europe, and now the prime minister warns the international community that they could make their way to Europe.

"Libya wants to cross the sea towards Europe," he said.

"Amongst these 800,000 there are terrorists and criminals.

800,000 migrants are in Libya attempting to reach Europe
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800,000 migrants are in Libya attempting to reach Europe

So he wants to get his military help from outside.

I ask him what he wants the international community to do.

He replies: "We speak about a political intervention." But when we see civilians being targeted in their homes, hospital and schools – our electricity being cut because of destruction to our infrastructure of the parties to stop this assault. "

It means military help.

The PM claims opposition forces are attacking civilians
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The PM claims opposition forces are attacking civilians

And three times he replies, "We hope it does not reach that level, but the protection of civilians is a top priority."

Civilians have spoken to each other in the Arab Spring revolt which led to the topping of their former leader, Colonel Muamar Gaddafi.

The country's been in turmoil ever since.

"Yes, this is true." This is what happened in 2011, "the Libyan prime minister says. Libya again and it wants to go into another dark tunnel.

"Some are trying to portray this conflict as one between east and west;

"Whats happening now is a conflict between who wants to be a military and a totalitarian ruling."

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