Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

121 killed, 561 wounded in Libyan fighting over 10 days

121 killed, 561 wounded in Libyan fighting over 10 days

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

Haftar backs a rival administration based in eastern Libya that refuses to recognise the UN-backed unity government led by Fayez al-Sarraj.

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

The oil-rich north African country has been in turmoil ever since with successive weak governments in place and several Islamist militias battling for territorial control.

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

Haftar's forces control portion of eastern Libya and have refused to halt fighting against those loyal to the United Nations -backed Government of National Accord based in Tripoli.

Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Abdelwahed, reporting from Tripoli, said LNA sources confirmed one of the forces' fighter jets was shot down but added the pilot had "escaped" after using a parachute to eject from the unit.

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed on Sunday with Field Marshal Khalifa Hafter, commander of the Libyan Armed Forces, the latest developments in Libya and Egypt's keenness to see unity, stability and security in its neighbouring country, presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady said.

On Saturday, the Tripoli-based Interior Minister of the Presidential Council's government Fathi Bashagha accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of reportedly sending Haftar military support in "clear violation of the worldwide law".

With gunfire now echoing through city blocks and tanks rumbling through towns and districts south of Tripoli, many panicked residents have fled their homes.

As well as fighting on the ground, the two sides have launched daily air raids and accuse each other of targeting civilians.

More than 13,500 people had been displaced and over 900 are now living in shelters, said OCHA.

"The humanitarian community repeats its warning that continuing to attack medical and civilian facilities is a violation of global humanitarian law and human rights law", OCHA said in a statement".

GNA spokesman Mohamed Gnounou said his forces had carried out 21 air strikes on the LNA and its supply lines between Friday and Saturday.

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.

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