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Libya fighting kills 56 in a week: UN

AFP  |  Geneva 

Fighting in Libya's capital has killed 56 people and wounded 266 over the last six days, the said Thursday, as the UN mobilised to support the country's over-stretched hospitals.

"Thousands of people have fled their homes, while others are trapped in conflict areas. Hospitals inside and outside (Tripoli) are receiving daily casualties," the health agency said in a statement.

WHO added that it has dispatched emergency teams to "frontline hospitals" and is boosting its stocks of medical supplies in areas affected by the fighting.

Military strongman has launched an offensive to take from the UN-backed (GNA), intensifying the crisis in the country riven by divisions since the NATO-backed overthrow of dictator in 2011.

WHO's in Libya, Syed Jaffar Hussain, warned in the statement that an extended conflict and continuing casualties will "drain the area's limited supplies and further "

The UN push to support hospitals around "is being hampered by continuous shelling and armed clashes, including around heavily populated residential areas."


Particular concern has been raised about the plight facing migrants in Tripoli, many of whom have been detained in appalling conditions while trying to pass through to reach

has already evacuated 150 people from a detention centre affected by the fighting and warned that others may need to be moved.

The WHO said that providing care to migrants was proving difficult amid the unrest.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 15:00 IST
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