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Libya: Death toll rises from Tripoli fighting as Haftar continues push April 14 /update 1

Humanitarian officials estimate 121 deaths from recent fighting near Tripoli as of April 14; LNA announces military push on Tripoli and eastern oil ports

14 Apr 06:05 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 4/14/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/21/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Tripoli). COUNTRY/REGION Tripoli
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Event

Fighting in and near Tripoli between Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces and their supporters continued as of Sunday, April 14. At least 121 people have died in fighting since April 4, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and nearly 600 have been wounded. Notably, on Sunday, an LNA military aircraft was reportedly downed by GNA-aligned forces to the south of Tripoli; no casualties were immediately reported and unconfirmed online reports indicate both pilots safely ejected from the aircraft.

LNA officials supporting Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar have announced their intention to continue the advance on Tripoli and signaled possible conflict in central oil ports, such as Ras Lanuf and As-Sidr. Clashes between LNA- and GNA-aligned forces are expected to continue around the currently contested areas in the southern suburbs of Tripoli for several more days.

Context

The LNA launched an advance on Tripoli on April 4. Evacuations of foreigners from Tripoli began en masse on April 7. LNA and GNA airstrikes have been sporadically reported since April 8. Notably, on April 12, LNA forces targeted a GNA-controlled radar station in Zuwara, some 100 km (60 mi) west of Tripoli, with attack helicopters. The bulk of recent fighting has been concentrated in Tripoli's southern suburbs.

Advice

Individuals in Tripoli are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid areas affected by the fighting, and refrain from nonessential movement within the city.

The security environment in Libya remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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