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At least 174 killed in fight for Libya's Tripoli: WHO

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At least 174 people have been killed and 758 wounded in the battle for control over the Libyan capital Tripoli, the said Tuesday.

Fighting broke out on April 4 when military strongman launched an offensive to take Tripoli, the seat of the UN-backed (GNA).

At least 14 civilians are among those killed and 36 have been wounded, WHO told journalists citing local health facilities.

"WHO has deployed additional surgical staff to support hospitals receiving trauma cases," the agency wrote on

Both pro-government forces and Haftar's self-styled (LNA) accuse each other of targeting civilians, with each launching daily air raids in addition to clashes on the ground.

Fighting in the southern outskirts of the capital has displaced more than 18,000 people, the reported Monday.

Urgent medical supplies were being delivered to Libya's health ministry to support those in the worst-hit areas, the UN's refugee agency said.

"Health facilities are in critical need of assistance as the situation on the ground continues deteriorating and number of casualties soaring," UNHCR tweeted.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 15:35 IST