WHO Says Over 120 Killed in Libya Since Escalation of Violence Near Tripoli

© REUTERS / Hani AmaraMilitary vehicles, which were confiscated from Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar's troops, are seen in Zawiyah, west of Tripoli, Libya April 5, 2019.
Military vehicles, which were confiscated from Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar's troops, are seen in Zawiyah, west of Tripoli, Libya April 5, 2019. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A total of 121 people have been killed in Libya in less than two weeks since the renewal of clashes between the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and the forces loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) near the country's capital Tripoli, the World Health Organisation said.

Just three days ago, the death toll stood at 58 people, including six civilians, and another 275 wounded, according to the WHO.

"#LibyaCrisis casualties are 682: 121 dead and 561 wounded. WHO sending medical supplies, health staff support for first- and second-line responders", the WHO in Libya tweeted late on Saturday.

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The health organisation also condemned the attacks on health care workers, noting that a total of eight ambulances had come under fire since the beginning of the Tripoli offensive.

"Two more ambulances were struck in #Libya Saturday during the #Tripoli fighting, bringing the total number to 8 since the violence began. WHO strongly condemns repeated attacks on health care workers, vehicles", the WHO added.

A member of Libyan National Army (LNA), commanded by Khalifa Haftar, is seen as he heads out of Benghazi to reinforce the troops advancing to Tripoli, in Benghazi, Libya April 7, 2019 - Sputnik International
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The confrontation between the two governments dangerously escalated on 4 April, when Haftar's forces announced an unexpected offensive on Tripoli. The Field Marshal stated that the GNA had formed an alliance with terrorist groups in the country, vowing to defeat them and cleanse jihadists from the region.

The security and political situation in Libya has been unstable ever since a 2011 revolution, as the country is still divided between two authorities, with the LNA-backed parliament in Tobruk ruling over eastern Libya and the GNA controlling the west of the country.

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