Death toll of Libya's Tripoli fighting rises to 443: WHO

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-09 00:20:53|Editor: mingmei
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A fighter from forces of the UN-backed Libyan government fires at Libyan National Army (LNA) troops during clashes at the Ain Zara frontline in Tripoli, Libya, on May 11, 2019. According to the World Health Organization, more than 400 people were killed and at least 2,000 wounded since the Libyan conflict escalated in early April. (Xinhua/Amru Salahuddien)

TRIPOLI, May 8 (Xinhua) -- A total of 443 people have been killed and 2,110 others injured in the fighting between the UN-backed Libyan government and the east-based army in and around the capital Tripoli, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday.

"443 people are dead and 2,110 others wounded due to violence in Tripoli, Libya," WHO tweeted.

"As the crisis continues and the number of displaced people approaches 60,000, WHO is working to coordinate ongoing health services for them," WHO added.

The east-based army, led by Khalifa Haftar, has been leading a military campaign since early April to take over Tripoli, where the UN-backed government is based.

Libya has been struggling to undergo a transitional period amid chaos since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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