Libya’s Conflict Death Toll Climbs To 562

                             

Tripoli, May 8 (Prensa Latina) A total of 562 people have reportedly died so far and more than 2,855 have been injured, not to mention another 80,000 displaced since the war broke out in Tripoli.

The World Health Organization (WHO) representation in Libya has confirmed the increase in civilian casualties to 160 in the current clashes.

The entity also denounced that two of the last fatal victims were health workers, who were attacked in their respective ambulances while doing their duty.

For its part, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) noticed that many areas affected by the fighting are still beyond the reach of humanitarian workers.

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The armed conflict began on April 4 when the Libyan National Army, commanded by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, ordered its forces to march on Tripoli; since then there have been strong clashes in different parts of southern Tripoli.

The United Nations Mission of Support in Libya (Unsmil) on Monday called upon the conflicting sides to commit to a humanitarian truce extendable for one week, in accordance with the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan.

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Unsmil added in a statement that the truce is also in conformity with the Convention on Human Rights, which states that all sides are committed to halting all forms of military operations, including reconnaissance, bombing, sniper operations, and force mobilization.

The United Nations entity also urged the sides to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need and to ensure the freedom of movement of civilians during the truce.

Haftar on Monday ordered his forces to continue fighting during Ramadan, saying that this holy month is a month of jihad and Islamic conquests.

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Meanwhile, the Libyan Presidential Council reported that its operation Fury Volcano succeeded in cutting Haftar’s supply lines on different fronts, and added that the invading forces have an acute food shortage and low morale because they thought the battle would last only 48 hours, but the second month has already entered.

Fury Volcano is the name given to the military counteroffensive that the troops affiliated to the Presidential Council, a government recognized by the UN, carry out in the outskirts of Tripoli to prevent the advance of the forces under Haftar’s command.

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