Libya fighting kills 56 in a week —UN

Libya fighting kills 56 in a week —UN

Fighting in Libya ’ s capital has killed 56 people and wounded 266 over the last six days , the World Health Organization said on Thursday, as the UN mobilised to support the country ’ s over – stretched hospitals . “ Thousands of people have fled their homes , while others are trapped in

Fighting in Libya ’ s capital has killed 56 people and wounded 266 over the last six days , the World Health Organization said on Thursday, as the UN mobilised to support the country ’ s over – stretched hospitals .
“ Thousands of people have fled their homes , while others are trapped in conflict areas . Hospitals inside and outside (Tripoli ) are receiving daily casualties , ” the United Nations health agency said in a statement .
WHO added that it has dispatched emergency teams to “frontline hospitals ” and is boosting its stocks of medical supplies in areas affected by the fighting .
Military strongman Khalifa Haftar has launched an offensive to take Tripoli from the UN – backed Government of National Accord , intensifying the crisis in the country affected by divisions since the NATO -backed overthrow of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011 .
WHO ’ s representative in Libya , Syed Jaffar Hussain , warned in the statement that an extended conflict and continuing casualties will “drain the area ’s limited supplies and further damage health infrastructure. ”
The UN push to support hospitals around Tripoli “ is being hampered by continuous shelling and armed clashes , including around heavily populated residential areas . ”
Particular concern has been raised about the plight facing migrants in Tripoli , many of whom have been detained in appalling conditions while trying to pass through Libya to reach Europe.
The UN refugee agency has already evacuated 150 people from a detention centre affected by the fighting and warned that others may need to be moved.
The WHO said that providing care to migrants was proving difficult amid the unrest .

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