Doctor shot dead treating victims of battle for Tripoli

Clay Curtis
April 11, 2019

The GNA earlier slammed Haftar's Libyan National Army advance into the Libyan capital, calling a recent attack on a city airport a "war crime" and a violation of "all national laws and global agreements".

The fighting in and around Tripoli comes after the United Nations chief left the troubled country on Friday "with a heavy heart", following meetings with Commander Haftar in Benghazi city in the east, and senior Government officials in Tripoli.

Libya has been torn by violence, political instability and power struggles since long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi was deposed and killed in 2011.

Earlier, the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord slammed Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army amid its advance into the Libyan capital, calling a recent attack on a city airport a "war crime" and a violation of "all national laws and global agreements".

Fuqaha is controlled by fighters loyal to Haftar, who casts himself as a foe of Islamist extremism though he is viewed by opponents as a new dictator in the mould of Gadhafi.

Later Tuesday, Mismari accused the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord of Fayez al-Sarraj of allying itself with terrorist groups.

"If unleashed, a full-fledged offensive could become a proxy war between regional powers and cause innumerable casualties as well as vast devastation", it said in a report Wednesday.

The death toll - mainly composed of fighters - was reported by local health facilities near the capital to the World Health Organisation (WHO) - Reuters reported, thousands of civilians have fled the city.

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The French presidency said in a statement that Macron had also been in contact with Haftar and said it was "imperative" that the fighting ends immediately.

The renewed conflict threatens to disrupt oil supplies, boost migration across the Mediterranean to Europe and scupper United Nations plans for an election to end rivalries between parallel administrations in east and west.

UN-backed talks between the rival governments had been scheduled for 14-16 April to discuss a roadmap for new elections, but it is now unclear if these will still take place.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, urged all parties to remember "their obligations under global law to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure".

The authority of Libya's UN-backed government is not recognized by a parallel government in the east of the country.

In an interview with Euronews' Good Morning Europe, Sabri Malek from the Democratic Party of Libya said he expected Haftar to pull back his forces.

"Haftar is ideologically close to Russian Federation", said analyst Alexander Shumilin of the Center for the Analysis of Middle East Conflicts in Moscow. "We have reports that the weapons that were used are not...the latest technology; that they may, in effect, have been indiscriminate".

On the other side of the fight, Sarraj s UN-backed government retains substantial support from former colonial power Italy.

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