More than 9,500 refuges displaced in renewed fighting in Libya

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TRIPOLI, Libya

Local media in Libya says that more than 9,500 people in Libya have been displaced in the week long renewed fighting in the capital Tripoli.

According to aid agencies, the number is expected to increase rapidly and hundreds of families who need to be evacuated cannot be reached.

The fighting emerged between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and troops loyal to the Tripoli government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj with gunfire and blasts echoing around the disused international airport and the Ain Zara district.

According to Syed Jaffar Hussain, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) representative in Libya, 75 people have so far been killed while 323 have been injured since the fighting begun. 

The United Nations reports that three medical staff and five ambulances also suffered fatalities and called upon for the immediate seize of fire by both parties. It added that an additional funding will be required in light of this unfolding situation.

The European Union’s representative Federica Mogherini described the renewed fighting as a danger to civilians, including migrants and refugees, and disrupting the UN-led political process, with the risk of serious consequences for Libya and the wider region.

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