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Fighting in southern Tripoli kills 187, more than 1,000 wounded: Spokesman

Reuters , Sunday 5 May 2019
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Recent fighting in southern Tripoli in Libya has killed 187 people and wounded 1,157, a spokesman for the ministry of health said on Saturday.

The government has also transferred a number of wounded to Tunisia, Turkey, Italy and Ukraine for medical treatment, said Tarek al-Hamshiri, the head of the government forces' Field Medical Centre.

The offensive launched by Libya National Army lead by Khalifa Haftar to take control of Tripoli is now in its fifth week.

The U.N.-backed government of national accord (GNA) in Tripoli issued a statement earlier on Saturday 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 in a bid to get support from the mountain town of Zintan to strengthen its forces in confronting the eastern forces deployed by military commander Khalifa Haftar," the government source said.

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