Tuesday, November 20, 2018
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

UN: 1,700 Libyan families displaced by fighting in last 48 hours

At least 115 civilians have been killed and more than 5,000 families displaced since August 26, UN says.

More than 1,700 families have been displaced by fighting in Libya's war-ravaged capital over the last 48 hours, the UN has said, as clashes between rival groups intensify.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Monday that at least 1,700 families had sought "safer areas" since Sunday, bringing the total number of families driven from their homes since August 26 to 5,000.

"Many are afraid to leave their homes because of looting by armed groups or criminal elements," UNOCHA said in a statement.

"As the fighting escalates, the number of civilians affected by violence is bound to increase."

After nearly a month of sporadic clashes, the total number of civilian killed stood at 115, with at least 560 people wounded, it said.

Eleven people had been killed, most of them civilians, since Saturday, it added.

The capital has been gripped by fighting since late August when the Seventh Brigade, an armed group based in Tarhouna, 65km southeast of the capital, and an allied militia from the town of Misrata, launched a surprise offensive against the Tripoli Revolutionaries' Brigades and the Nawasi, two of the capital's biggest militias.

The militias from Tarhouna and Misrata say they are fighting to rid the capital of militias that are "blackmailing state institutions", while the Tripoli-based militias say they are trying to expel "criminals and outsiders".

Both sides technically operate under Libya's internationally-recognised Government of National Accord.

'Situation is desperate'

According to witnesses, heavy weapons, including artillery, have been used in the fighting, with residential areas, mainly in the southern outskirts, hit by what seems to be random shelling.

The UN helped broker a ceasefire on September 4, but that has been breached repeatedly by both sides.

Libya has been gripped by tribal and factional fighting nearly seven years after the overthrow of former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The existence of two rival legislatures - the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) and the House of Representatives (HOR) based in eastern city of Tobruk - each with its own central bank and national oil company - highlights another challenge in the country's plight to enact the necessary reforms and, ultimately, hold elections.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has described the situation in the North African country as "desperate", with the fighting, collapsed economy and destruction of infrastructure leaving hundreds of thousands of people "increasingly vulnerable".


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

DRC opposition picks Martin Fayulu ...

Read More

Who is Martin Fayulu, the DRC oppos...

Read More

Hospitalised Gabon leader Ali Bongo...

Read More

Former president alleges fraud in M...

Read More

Madagascar presidential election: W...

Read More

Polls close in high-stakes Madagasc...

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Israel pounds Gaza

India's Kerala state devastated

Capturing life under apartheid