United Nations says 443 died in Libya since offensive began against Tripoli in last month

Fighters loyal to the internationally recognized Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) keep position near the Salah al-Din military compound, south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on May 7, 2019. Troops loyal to military strongman Khalifa Haftar said today they shot down a warplane of rival forces of Libya's unity government near Tripoli and captured its foreign "mercenary" pilot. (Photo: MAHMUD TURKIA, AFP/Getty Images)

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. health agency says 443 people have died and 2,110 have been wounded in violence in Libya’s capital since the head of the self-styled Libyan National Army launched an offensive against Tripoli last month.

With the number of people displaced by fighting approaching 60,000, the World Health Organization said in a tweet Wednesday that it is working to coordinate ongoing health services for them.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Wednesday the U.N. is very concerned about reports that airstrikes a day earlier hit a migrant detention center in Tajoura in eastern Tripoli, reportedly injuring two migrants.

He told reporters the U.N. mission in Libya “is also deeply concerned about increased cases of arbitrary arrest and abduction of officials, activists and journalists” and is calling for their immediate release.

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Libyans hold a demonstration at Martyrs' Square against military operations by forces loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter in Tripoli, Libya, Friday, May 3, 2019. (Photo: Hazaem Ahmed, AP)

 

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