Fri | Apr 19, 2019

146 killed in fighting over capital – UN

Published:Tuesday | April 16, 2019 | 12:12 AM

BENGHAZI (AP):

The UN health agency, The World Health Organization (WHO), says recent clashes between rival Libyan militias for control of the capital has killed 146 people this month, without saying whether they were civilians or fighters.

The WHO said Sunday that 614 others have been wounded since the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), launched a major military offensive on April 5.

The fighting pits the LNA, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, against rival militias loosely affiliated with a weak UN-backed government based in the capital.

The UN has said more than 13,500 people have been displaced.

The clashes threaten to ignite civil war on the scale of the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The oil-rich North African country is split between rival governments in the east and west.