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Number of casualties in Libya clashes rises to 254

1228 people have been injured, the World Health Organization in Libya informed

TASS, April 22. At least 254 people have been killed, over 1,200 have been injured in the hostilities around Libya’s Tripoli, the World Health Organization in Libya informed on Twitter.

"The death toll of the clashes in #Tripoli has hit 254, and 1228 people have been injured. In the past week, @WHOLIBYA [World Health Organization in Libya] specialized emergency medical teams in frontline hospitals handled 89 major and 63 surgeries. Our teams are bringing in additional help for these hospitals," the message states.

Currently, Libya has two supreme executive authorities, namely Tripoli’s government of National Accord recognized by the international community and headed by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, and the interim government headed by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani, which operates in the country’s east along with the elected parliament and is supported by the Libyan National Army.

On April 4, Field Marshal of the Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar announced the launch of an offensive against Tripoli. Sarraj ordered all military units loyal to him to gear up to defend the capital. The warring factions are currently involved in battles along the outskirts of Tripoli. Around 25,000 people have been forced to leave their homes.