121 killed in Libya clashes: WHO

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Libya.
  4. 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.