The World Health Organization (WHO) has said
that ongoing clashes between rival militias for control of Tripoli, Libya’s
capital, have killed at least 121 people.
On April 5th, Libyan National Army led
by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar launched a major military offensive in Tripoli as
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres was in the city to discuss the ongoing Libyan
crisis. Tripoli is the base of the UN-backed, internationally recognised
government Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj.
After the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed long-time
dictator Moammar Gadhafi, there has been a power vacuum and instability, with
no authority in full control of Libya. Since then the country has been divided
into competing political and military factions based in Tripoli and the east
There has been widespread concerns about the ongoing
conflict in Libya as a) it threatens to disrupt oil supplies, b) increase migration
to Europe and c) reduce the chances of a possible election to end rivalries
between parallel administrations in east and Tripoli.