Published: June 10, 2019
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 10th June, 2019) As many as 653 people were killed and 3,547 more were injured since the beginning of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) offensive on Tripoli, which is controlled by the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), the World Health Organization (WHO) said Sunday.
Previous reports indicated that 607 people were killed and 3,261 more were wounded as a result of the conflict in Libya's capital.
"#Tripoli clashes: Among the civilians hurt this past week are 3 health workers. The toll for the ongoing conflict in #Libya's capital is 653 dead, including 41 civilians, and 3547 wounded, including 126 civilians.
@OCHA_Libya," the WHO wrote on Twitter.
In April, Haftar launched an offensive to retake Tripoli from control of the internationally-recognized GNA. The LNA has already recaptured a number of settlements near the capital and the Tripoli International Airport, located around 20 miles away from the city. The forces loyal to the GNA announced a counteroffensive, dubbed Volcano of Rage.
Since the overthrow and killing of Libya's long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the country has been gripped by conflict. Libya is now divided between two governments, with the eastern part controlled by the LNA, and the western part governed by the UN-backed GNA.