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Nearly 150 killed in battle for Libya's Tripoli: WHO

AFP  |  Tripoli 

At least 147 people have been killed and 614 wounded in the offensive launched on April 4 by Libyan military strongman to take the capital Tripoli, the said Monday.

The clashes have displaced more than 18,000 people, according to the latest figures from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Fighting broke out as Haftar's forces sought to take control of from loyalists of the internationally-backed (GNA) which is based in the capital.

The rising number of casualties has prompted the to deploy surgical teams "to support Tripoli-area hospitals as they cope with the influx of trauma cases", the UN agency wrote on

At least eight ambulances have been hit during clashes in the southern outskirts of the capital, as both sides have defied international calls to halt the fighting.

WHO urged "all parties to exercise restraint and avoid causing collateral damage to hospitals, ambulances and health workers".

In addition to ground fighting, both pro-government forces and Haftar's self-styled (LNA) carry out daily air raids and accuse each other of targeting civilians.

The resulting casualties have left health facilities in "critical need of assistance", according to the refugee agency.

"The situation on the ground continues deteriorating and number of casualties soaring," UNHCR tweeted.

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

First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 19:10 IST
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