75 people killed due to Tripoli’s clashes: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed its concern, Friday, over the impact of the ongoing clashes in Tripoli, saying that 75 people were killed and 323 wounded until now.

Jaffar Hussain, the WHO representative in Libya said that there are fears of outbreaks of infectious diseases due to unclean water and the hard conditions in the capital.

He added that WHO handed Tripoli’s hospitals sufficient amount of medicines for a short period of about two weeks.

On April 4, the Libya’s National Army announced the launch of a military operation against Tripoli. So, all military units loyal to the Government of National Accord geared up to defend the capital. The warring factions are currently involved in battles along the outskirts of Tripoli.

The United Nations has been forced to postpone a carefully planned and potentially watershed national conference on Libya’s political future after the assault on Tripoli.

The two-day conference in the town of Ghadames was due to be attended by 120 delegates on April 14-15. The decision to shelve the summit is a blow to Libya’s democratic forces, who had hoped it might open a path to presidential and parliamentary elections by the end of this year.

Ghassan Salamé, the UN special envoy for Libya, said the UN intended to convene the conference as soon as conditions permitted, but it would be impossible to hold the talks “to the backdrop of artillery shelling and air raids.”


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