Fighting in Tripoli killings, 13,000 Libyans have been displaced.

Fighting near Tripoli has killed 121 people and wounded 561 since strongman Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive earlier this month to take the Libyan capital, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Sunday.

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Eastern Libyan forces under Haftar have pursued their advance on the capital Tripoli, the head of the eastern parliament in the divided country said on Saturday, despite international calls for a halt.
As well as fighting on the ground, the two sides have launched daily air raids and accuse each other of targeting civilians.
The United Nations’ office for humanitarian affairs said more than 13,500 people had been displaced by the clashes, while more than 900 residents are living in shelters.

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

WHO’s Libya account said on Twitter the organisation was sending medical supplies and more staff to Tripoli, and denounced “repeated attacks on health care workers, vehicles” during the fighting, which erupted on 4 April.

An eastern air strike hit the yard of a school on the southern outskirts of Tripoli, where eastern forces have been confronted by those allied with Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), Reuters said.

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In a possible new front, Haftar’s eastern Libya National Army (LNA) was readying a unit to move to the al-Sider and Ras Lanuf oil ports, Libya’s biggest, on the eastern coast, anticipating an attack from an armed group allied with Serraj, eastern military officials said.

“The force will strengthen the protection of the ports,” one official said, asking not to be identified.

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Haftar, 75, a military commander under deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi who later lived in the United States, has the support of key Gulf Arab states, as well as Egypt and Russia, AFP said.

His forces swept from their eastern stronghold through Libya’s sparsely populated desert, taking parts of the south, before beginning their assault on Tripoli.

Last week, the European Union called on the LNA to stop its attacks, having agreed on a statement after France and Italy sparred over how to handle the conflict.


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