Italy says military intervention 'cannot be a solution' in Libya

  • Italy says military intervention 'cannot be a solution' in Libya

Italy says military intervention 'cannot be a solution' in Libya

After a week of fighting, 75 people have been killed and 323 wounded, including seven civilians killed and 10 wounded, Dr. Syed Jaffar Hussain, WHO representative in Libya, told a Geneva news briefing by telephone from Tripoli.

Military strongman Khalifa Haftar has launched an offensive to take Tripoli from the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), intensifying the crisis in the country riven by divisions since the Nato-backed overthrow of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

A military aircraft from the eastern Libyan forces has attacked a military camp of a force allied to the internationally recognised government near the western town of Zuwara, Reuters reported citing an eastern military source and residents.

Hundreds of people in Tripoli protested against the ongoing fighting between the UN-backed government's forces and the eastern-based army on Friday. The turnout was bigger than last Friday.

As well as the humanitarian cost, the conflict threatens to disrupt oil supplies, increase migration to Europe, scupper a United Nations peace plan, and allow militants to exploit the chaos.

His forces swept from their eastern stronghold through Libya's sparsely populated desert, taking parts of the south, before beginning their assault on Tripoli. The Tripoli government says it has taken almost 200 prisoners from Haftar's forces.

WHO's Libya account said on Twitter the organisation was sending medical supplies and more staff to Tripoli, and denounced "repeated attacks on health care workers, vehicles" during the fighting, which erupted on 4 April.

Haftar's advance has triggered mounting global alarm, with the United Nations warning the situation could spiral out of control.

The WHO said it had only two weeks of medical supplies available for Tripoli's hospitals.

Haftar casts himself as a bulwark against Islamist militancy who wants to restore order to Libya.

Libya is a major transit point for migrants pouring into Europe in recent years, mostly trafficked by smuggling gangs.