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UN says death toll from fighting over Libya’s capital at 254

UN says death toll from fighting over Libya’s capital at 254

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The U.N. health agency says at least 34 more people have died in fighting for control of Libyas capital over the past two days, bringing the total to 254 dead so far, including civilians. The World Health Organization also said late Sunday that 1,228 have been wounded since the self-styled Libyan National Army launched an offensive earlier this month to take Tripoli. The fighting pits the force, led by Khalifa Hifter, against rival militias affiliated with a weak U.N.-supported government in the capital. Abdelhadi Lahouij, the top diplomat for a rival, east-based government, told The Associated Press in Tunis that Hifters push slowed down because of the crucial issue of protection for Tripoli civilians. President Donald Trump phoned Hifter last week, expressing U.S. support for Hifters pe...
Dodging bullets on the frontline of Libya’s chaotic conflict

Dodging bullets on the frontline of Libya’s chaotic conflict

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Fierce fighting has broken out in Libya's capital as military groups try to defend the city against a warlord formerly allied to ex-dictator Colonel Gaddafi.Here, Sky's special correspondent Alex Crawford gives her first-hand account as she joined forces frantically trying to stop Khalifa Haftar and the Libyan National Army. The frontlines in Tripoli are a chaotic mess.A ragtag group of fighters allied to a range of different militias have banded together to defend the capital - and it's a jumble of shooting, firing, running and attacking, only to be followed by frantic retreating. Image: Fierce fighting has broken out in Tripoli Image: A range of different militias have banded together to...