WHO: Death toll from fighting over Libyan capital now at 205
|Toronto Star 18 Apr 2019 at 02:16|
BENGHAZI, Libya - The World Health Organization says the death toll from this month’s fighting between rival Libyan factions for control of the country’s capital, Tripoli, has risen to 205.
The clashes threaten to ignite a civil war on the scale of the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
WHO said Wednesday it’s deploying medical specialists, including surgeons needed to treat the wounded, whose number has reached 913. It wasn’t clear how many among the dead are civilians.
Fighting over Tripoli erupted earlier this month, pitting the self-styled Libyan National Army, which is led by commander Khalifa Hifter and aligned with a rival government based in the country’s east, against militias affiliated with Tripoli’s U.N.-supported government.