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06 juill. 2019 | 02h30 UTC

Libya: Fighting in Tripoli kills nearly 1000 as of July 5

Libya Alerte de sécurité

Humanitarian officials estimate nearly 1000 deaths, over 5000 wounded from recent fighting near Tripoli; further violence and airstrikes expected in coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/7/2019, 12h00 until 10/7/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Tripoli). COUNTRY/REGION Tripoli

Event

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that some 1000 people have died during fighting in and near Tripoli as of Friday, July 5, since Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and the Libyan National Army (LNA) launched his offensive against the city. Additionally, an estimated 5000 people have been wounded. The latest figures come as 53 people were killed and 130 others were wounded in an airstrike targeting a migrant center in Tajoura during the overnight hours of July 2-3. The UN-backed GNA alleged on Friday that UAE fighter jets were responsible for the bombing; however, there has been no independent confirmation of the claim.

Further violence, particularly shelling and airstrikes, are likely in the coming weeks, especially in contested areas to the south of Tripoli.

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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