On Tuesday, in Libya’s capital, casualties of the war started to increase and the UN shifted dozens of immigrants to safety from a detention center in the south of the city, where battle had erupted.
Medical facilities stated that 47 people were killed and 181 injured in past days as eastern Libyan National Army (LNA) forces look forward to take control of Tripoli from an internationally-acknowledged government, as per the statement provided by the World Health Organization.
The casualties were chiefly fighters, even though the casualties also contained nine civilians, which includes two doctors, as per WHO.
In central Tripoli, while there was no hint of military and security vehicles or personnel on the streets, shops and cafes closed earlier than its usual time in the evening and residents were afraid about the chance of violence.
The LNA forces of Khalifa Haftar, a former general in dethroned strongman Muammar Gaddafi’s army – captured the faintly populated but oil-rich south earlier this year before moving toward Tripoli this month.
They are battling on the southern fringe of the city, as per witnesses’ statement. On Monday afternoon the LNA had lost authority of a former airport and pulled out down the road.
The government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj, who has ruled Tripoli since 2016 as part of a U.N.-orchestrated deal that Haftar banned, is looking forward to chase away the LNA with the help of armed factions from Misrata.
Serraj’s forces conducted an air assault on an LNA position in the suburb of Suq al-Khamis on Tuesday. Details of the assault couldn’t be obtained.
The revived conflict risks upsetting oil supplies and pushing migration across the Mediterranean to Europe and scuppering U.N. plans for an election to bring an end to clashes between parallel administrations in east and west.