Published: June 13, 2019
Conflict in Libya Displaces 18,000 Families Conflict in Libya Displaces 18,000 Families Conflict in Libya Displaces 18,000 Families
Conflict in Libya Displaces 18,000 Families
Tripoli, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Thursday announced that more than 18,000 families were displaced from the fighting zones in southern Tripoli, totaling 94,000.
According to the IOM office in Tripoli, more than 48 percent of internally displaced persons are children under 18 years of age, and more than 3,900 remain in mass displacement centers.
The United Nations agency also noted that families who fled to places near the conflict areas are still at risk.
The armed conflict in Tripoli began on April 4 when the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army, commanded by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, ordered its forces to march on Tripoli; since then strong clashes have taken place in southern Tripoli.
The Presidential Council reported that its Volcano of Rage Operation managed to cut off Haftar's supply lines in different front lines, adding that the invading forces have acute food shortages and low morale because they thought the battle would only last 48 hours, but it already extends for more than two months.
Volcano of Rage is the name given to the military counter-offensive that the troops affiliated to the Presidential Council, government recognized by the UN, carry out in outskirts Tripoli to prevent the advance of the forces under Haftar command.