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Libya: U.N. Warns of Mounting Casualties as Fighting Escalates

HeadlineApr 15, 2019

The U.N. reported Sunday at least 120 people have been killed in Libya over the past week and a half as fighting intensifies between General Haftar’s eastern Libyan National Army and the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord. On Sunday, Haftar met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who threw his support behind the renegade general and his Libyan National Army forces as they continue their offensive on the capital Tripoli.

The U.N. warned that outbreaks of infectious diseases could spread quickly as more people flee the fighting, and that it only has about two weeks of emergency supplies for hospitals and health facilities. Human rights groups are also sounding the alarm over the safety of the many migrants and refugees who pass through Libya, thousands of whom are currently in migrant prions. Libyans have taken to the streets to protest the escalating violence.

Rafik Abu Seid: “We are here today in a protest against military rule, against the war criminal Khalifa Haftar, the [prisoner of war]. No to military rule. Yes to democracy. Yes to elections. Yes to peaceful resolution. And praise be to Allah.”

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