121 killed, almost 600 wounded in Libya fighting

Elias Hubbard
April 14, 2019

Haftar's forces, which control swathes of the country's east, have defied global calls to halt their battle against fighters loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord based in Tripoli.

"President Sisi stressed Egypt's support for the efforts of counter-terrorism and fighting the extremist groups and militants to achieve security and stability in Libya", Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in the statement.

The "life goes on" attitude of some overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Tripoli may soon be in peril with the further escalation of clashes between factions in Libya, following reports that foreign governments will soon be sending support for military strongman Khalifa Haftar.

Gen Haftar is widely thought to have modelled his muscular leadership style on Egypt's Sisi, himself an army general turned president whose rule is defined by his opposition to and zero tolerance towards political Islam.

So far, the LNA and its leadership have ignored worldwide calls to halt their battle against fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord led by Fayez Al Sarraj in Tripoli.

More than 120 people have been killed since a Libyan military commander launched an assault on the capital 10 days ago, igniting clashes with rival militias, the United Nations health agency said Sunday.

Observers fear a civil conflict matching the 2011 rebellion that led to the ouster and death of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

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

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said more than 13,500 people have been displaced, and that "significant numbers of civilians" remain stuck in areas where the fighting has escalated.

In addition to ground fighting, both sides conduct daily air raids and accuse each other of targeting civilians.

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