121 killed, 561 wounded in Libyan fighting over 10 days

121 killed, 561 wounded in Libyan fighting over 10 days
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Since a Libyan military commander launched an assault to take over Tripoli, the capital, 10 days ago, 121 people have died and 561 were wounded, the World Health Organization said Sunday. This as a MiG-21 was shot down in  Libya today, pictured above.

WHO's Libya Twitter account posted an update of "casualties" and said it was "sending medical supplies, health staff support for first- and second-line responders."

Eight ambulances have been bombed, including two on Saturday, since the outbreak of violence on April 4 launched by strongman Khalifa Haftar.

"The World Health Organization strongly condemns repeated attacks on healthcare workers, vehicles and facilities," WHO tweeted.' 

More than 13,500 people had been displaced by the clashes, including 4,000 in the past 24 hours, and more than 900 residents are living in shelters, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Saturday. Also, 3,900 people who requested their evacuation from conflict- affected areas could not be evacuated to safer areas.

"The humanitarian community is concerned about rising numbers of civilian casualties, including medical personnel," OCHA Libya said.

 

 

Both sides have been accused of targeting civilians, the Daily Sabah reported. Haftar's forces control portion of eastern Libya and have refused to halt fighting against those loyal to the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord based in Tripoli.

Since the NATO-backed overthrow of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, militias have been seeking to take control.

"We need to get rid of militias and terrorist groups," Aguila Saleh, head of the House of Representatives allied to Haftar, said Saturday. He was referring to eastern officials allied to the Tripoli government.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi met with Hafter in Cairo on Sunday, the presidency said. No details were release.

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Sisi has supported Haftar's forces.

 

 

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    Carl Goldsworthy · 2 months ago
    Muammar Gaddafi and Nelson Mandela had a pact - to never allow any American military boots on African soil.
    Mandela retired, died 2013. Gadaffi was murdered 2011 - now there are 38 military bases and counting.