Tripoli deaths reach 187


Recent fighting in southern Tripoli killed 187 and wounded 1,157, a spokesman for the ministry of health said.

Government transferred a number of wounded to Tunisia, Turkey, Italy and Ukraine for medical treatment, said Tarek al-Hamshiri, head of government forces’ Field Medical Centre.

The offensive launched by eastern Libya-based military commander Khalifa Haftar to control Tripoli is in its fifth week.

The UN-backed government of national accord (GNA) in Tripoli issued a statement recognising 710 fighters killed in Libya’s civil war in 2014 as “martyrs”, in a move a Tripoli government source said was aimed at winning the backing of forces in nearby Zintan in the fight against Haftar.

“The GNA took this step for support from the mountain town Zintan to strengthen its forces in confronting the eastern forces deployed by Haftar,” the government source said.