A total of 90,000 residents in eastern and southern Tripoli have forced to leave their homes since the beginning of the civil war in the western region on April 4, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced Wednesday.
The ICRC added that thousands of residents are still trapped in their neighborhoods, stressing that paramedics face risks to help the wounded.
“Fierce fighting in parts of Tripoli includes direct or indiscriminate attacks against civilians and their property. It also includes attacks against key electricity, water, and medical infrastructure essential for the survival of the civilian population,” according to the statement.
It added that if the crisis continues to escalate, “an irreversible” humanitarian crisis would be witnessed across Libya.
“Whether living near the frontlines or in calmer areas, people are finding it increasingly difficult to go about their lives.”
The most recent tension in eastern and southern Libya was seen early Thursday when the Libyan National Army (LNA) launched airstrikes on sites of the Government of National Accord (GNA)’s armed groups in southern and eastern Tripoli.
The airstrikes targeted el-Mouz housing project, eastern Tripoli, and an air supply camp in Ain Zara, southern Tripoli.
This came a few hours after fierce clashes erupted between the LNA and armed groups of the GNA at the axes of Tueisha and Ramla, near Tripoli, as well as Tripoli International Airport’s bridge.