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Ongoing clashes drive price hikes in Tripoli

Since the Libyan National Army (LNA) Commander Khalifa Haftar ordered his troops to advance on Tripoli, living conditions in the capital have deteriorated mainly due to price hikes in the food basket and non-food items such as house rent.

Rent prices have doubled in the safe areas of the city as the locals keep fleeing clashes in the vicinity of Tripoli, exacerbating the suffering of displaced people already there.

Moreover, food prices rose significantly in April compared to March; the price of onion jumped by 700% to record LYD 7 per kilo, while the price of pepper increased by 400%, the highest price hike since 2016, and tomatoes price rose by 300%.

Citizens fear the continuation of the crisis in the coming period, especially as the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan begins in early May.

The UN envoy for Libya Ghassan Salame said on a Wednesday visit to Rome that contacts had been established and he hoped to see results before Ramadan.

He voiced hope that efforts to establish a peace dialogue between the country’s two warring sides could bear fruit within the next two weeks.

The LNA mounted an offensive on the capital three weeks ago but has since been pushed back in some areas by forces backing Libya’s UN-recognized government based in Tripoli.

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