Recent clashes in western Libya kill 70 people: official

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-10 22:05:54|Editor: Lu Hui
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TRIPOLI, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- The death toll of the recent clashes in the western Libya's Tripoli is 70, including members of the Sudanese Justice and Equality Movement, a military official said on Friday.

"The result of the clashes in the area of Warshaffana during the past few days has reached 70 people, including 15 members of the Justice and Equality Movement that was fighting with the militants," Abdullah Al-Fak'hal, media official of Zintan's Military Council, told Xinhua.

"The clashes have completely stopped. Security directorates, in cooperation with the Joint Operations Chamber, are securing the area to pursue any wanted persons who fled during the clashes," Al-Fak'hal added.

"We have arrested dozens of criminals, including senior leaders who were planning to destabilize the security and stability of the capital Tripoli and neighboring cities, in cooperation with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Libya formed by supporters of the former Gaddafi regime."

Forces of the Libyan UN-backed government on Wednesday took over the entire area of Warshaffana in western Libya, hours after taking control of the largest military camp in the area, according to a military source.

Warshaffana has witnessed military operations since last week by the forces of the UN-backed government to "eliminate crime in the area," a statement said.

The eastern-based army warned of the continued attacks by the government forces on army sites and headquarters in the area.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Monday expressed concerns about reports of bombing civilian neighborhoods in Warshaffana.

"UNSMIL is concerned about reports of indiscriminate shelling in residential areas of Warshaffana. The Mission reminds all parties of their legal obligations to ensure the protection of civilians." The mission said.