56 killed in latest battle to govern Libya

Libya conflict

Libya conflict

from AHMED ZAYED in Tripoli, Libya
TRIPOLI, (CAJ News) AT least 56 people have been killed and 266 wounded during the latest round of clashes by rival factions battling for control of Libya.

Among those killed since violence flared up last Thursday are three health workers.

About 4 500 individuals have been displaced, with 1 675 displaced since Wednesday.

According to humanitarian agencies and human rights groups, asylum seekers, refugees and migrants are highly vulnerable and at greater risk, especially those in detention centres in or near the affected areas.

United Nations (UN) agencies and international organisations have
evacuated non-essential staff from the capital Tripoli, which is the
epicentre of the deadly fights.

The international community has urged respect of the international
humanitarian law.

However, Libya has a history of flouting these since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and eventually murdered in 2011.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed fear the prolonged conflict in Libya would lead to more casualties.

“We call on the international community to ensure adequate funding to support the current crisis,” said Dr Syed Jaffar Hussain, WHO
representative in Libya.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) fears nearly 500 000 children in Tripoli are at immediate risk because of the latest conflict.

“UNICEF calls on all parties to the conflict to protect every child at all times and keep them out of harm’s way in line with international
humanitarian law,” Abdel-Rahman Ghandour, UNICEF representative in Libya, said.

– CAJ News

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