58 dead in Libya, 6,000 displaced from Tripoli

275 wounded. Victims include medical personnel

11 April, 12:15

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, APRIL 11 - The death toll since the start of clashes a week ago in Tripoli has reached 58, six of whom were civilians, said the World Health Organization on Twitter on Thursday.

    It said 275 people have been wounded, of whom nine are civilians, and there were also two doctors and an ambulance driver among the victims.

    "Heavy armed clashes and artillery shelling on residential areas in Ain Zara and Khalla al-Forjan have translated into an upsurge in displacement numbers in and around Tripoli, which doubled over the past 48 hours to just over 6,000 individuals," said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in a flash update on the situation in the areas surrounding the capital.

    OCHA said due to ongoing conflict, access restrictions and indiscriminate targeting of first responders, only 58 out of 580 families who registered for evacuations from areas particularly affected by hostilities could be brought to comparatively safer places thus far.

    The UN continues to call for a humanitarian ceasefire to allow for the provision of emergency services and for the voluntary passage of civilians out of the areas of conflict.(ANSAmed).

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