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19 Apr 2019 | 09:17 PM UTC

Libya: Death toll exceeds 200 as fighting near Tripoli continues as of April 19 /update 2

Libya News Alert

Humanitarian officials estimate 205 deaths from recent fighting near Tripoli; LNA continues push towards GNA controlled areas as of April 19

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/19/2019, 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 continues as of Friday, April 19, with fighting mainly concentrated in the southern suburbs. The WHO indicated on Thursday, April 18, that at least 205 people, including 18 civilians, have been killed and another 900 have been wounded in fighting since April 4. On Thursday, LNA forces reportedly launched mortars at suspected GNA-aligned positions in Al-Sulani; the shells allegedly landed near a civilian clinic. Additionally, suspected Grad missile strikes targeting a densely populated area south of Tripoli left at least seven civilians dead on Wednesday, April 17. 

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. 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. 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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