174 killed in fight for Libya’s Tripoli: WHO

17 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

TRIPOLI: At least 174 people have been killed and 758 wounded in the battle for control over the Libyan capital Tripoli, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, reports AFP.

Fighting broke out on April 4 when military strongman Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive to take Tripoli, the seat of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

At least 14 civilians are among those killed and 36 have been wounded, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told journalists citing local health facilities.

“WHO has deployed additional surgical staff to support hospitals receiving trauma cases,” the United Nations agency wrote on Twitter.