Over 120 killed, almost 600 wounded in Libya fighting

Cheryl Sanders
April 15, 2019

Images released by the palace show President Sisi flanked by Haftar and the head of Egypt's intelligence Abbas Kamel in the reception hall of the presidential palace in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis.

"Haftar's warplanes have been targeting several locations in and around Tripoli and also warplanes with the GNA have been targeting Haftar's locations south of Tripoli", Abdelwahed said.

Haftar's forces have been leading an offensive since 4 April in different southern Tripoli frontlines in an attempt to enter the capital, however they are being opposed by the Libyan Army forces which is under the command of the Presidential Council, the Libyan Observer reports.

That happened as the strongman met in Cairo with key backer Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who pledged support for "efforts to fight terrorism and extremist militias to achieve security and stability. throughout the country", Sisi's office said.


Field Marshal Haftar, who leads the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), has pushed from his power base in the country's east toward the Libyan capital in the west, the seat of the UN-backed unity government led by Fayez al-Sarraj. Islamist militants have since controlled large parts of the vast country, including the capital Tripoli.

"Three medical personnel have been killed and five ambulances have been incapacitated by shrapnel", OCHA said in a Saturday statement.

The World Health Organization said 121 people have been killed in the fighting and another 561 have been wounded.

The agency denounced "repeated attacks on healthcare workers" and vehicles during the fighting.


The United Nations' office for humanitarian affairs said more than 13,500 people had been displaced by the clashes, while more than 900 residents are living in shelters.

The UN said on Sunday a school was bombed in Ain Zara southwest of Tripoli, without saying who was responsible. Both sides have carried our airstrikes in the town, and a spokesman for the Libyan National Army said it has stepped up airstrikes on its rivals in the past two days.

Earlier this month, Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry cautioned that the conflict could not be solved militarily. Haftar also has the support of key Gulf Arab states and Russian Federation.

Libya, which has been mired in chaos since the NATO-backed toppling of longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, has been split into rival eastern and western administrations since 2014.


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