Friday 18 October 2019

Death toll from fighting over Tripoli passes 1,000, says UN

 

A vehicle and structure is damaged from fighting in the region of Tajoura, east of the Libyan capital Tripoli. AP Photo/Hamza Turkia, File
A vehicle and structure is damaged from fighting in the region of Tajoura, east of the Libyan capital Tripoli. AP Photo/Hamza Turkia, File

Samy Magdy

The battle between rival militias for the Libyan capital has killed more than 1,000 people since it began in April, the UN said yesterday, a grim milestone in a stalemated conflict partly fuelled by regional powers.

Forces loyal to Khalifa Hifter opened an offensive on Tripoli in early April, advancing on the city's southern outskirts and clashing with an array of militias loosely affiliated with the UN-recognised government.

Some 1,048 people have been killed since the offensive began, including 106 civilians.

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