Death toll rises to 43 in Libya's Sabratha clashes

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-10 20:00:53|Editor: liuxin
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TRIPOLI, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- A total of 43 people have been killed and 340 others wounded since the beginning of the clashes in Libya's western city of Sabratha, the Ministry of Health said Tuesday.

Some injuries are serious, and facilities in the city's hospital, including the Health Care Unit, are partly functioning because of the damage caused by the clashes, it said.

Late in September, the ministry announced that many of the injured were transferred to private clinics in the nearby cities of Aljailat, Zintan, Tripoli, Misratah, Sorman and Zwara, while those who couldn't be treated inside Libya were sent to hospitals abroad.

Sabratha, some 70 km west of the capital Tripoli, has witnessed three weeks of violent clashes between rival armed groups.

The clashes broke out after a member of armed groups affiliated with the city's military council was killed by the anti-Islamic State (IS) operation chamber.

On Friday, the group announced the takeover of the entire city after three weeks of clashes, according to a military source.

Since the 2011 uprising that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime, the North African country has been plagued with escalating violence and unrest.