Libya's Tripoli hospitals report 47 dead in recent fighting

Libya's Tripoli hospitals report 47 dead in recent fighting

Libya's Tripoli hospitals report 47 dead in recent fighting

"We can not ask people to take part in the conference during gunfire and airstrikes", Salame said, adding that the meeting would take place "as soon as possible", without specifying a date.

Nine of the dead were civilians, including two doctors who it said had been "providing critically needed services to civilians in Tripoli".

The UN, US and European Union and the Group of Seven economic bloc have all called for a ceasefire.

The United Nations said that at least 4,500 Tripoli residents had been displaced with most moving away from conflict areas to safer districts of the city.

Medical facilities reported 47 people have been killed and 181 have been wounded in recent days as eastern forces seek to take Tripoli from an internationally-recognized government, the World Health Organization said. Haftar's forces have said 14 of their fighters have died.

IS has been active in Libya in the turmoil since the Western-backed overthrow of Gaddafi eight years ago. The attack on Fuqaha indicated IS may be looking to exploit gaps left by movements of Haftar's troops.

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"There are fears that the civilian death toll will rise rapidly as the fighting intensifies and spreads into more densely populated parts of the city", said Amnesty International's regional deputy, Magdalena Mughrabi.

Highlighting the increased risk to migrants and refugees caught up in the offensive on Tripoli, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Maria Ribeiro, warned that it was "further increasing" the misery of all those "arbitrarily detained in detention centres".

Speaking on the ground, the UNHCR's Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya, Matthew Brook, said they were rapidly evacuating refugees away from the conflict.

"Refugees told UNHCR that they were frightened and anxious about their safety, given ongoing fighting in the vicinity, and that they were left with minimal supplies", the statement said, adding the agency was working to ensure other detained migrants and refugees were not in harm's way. "I don't expect the fight to continue much longer", he said. Its elite Saiqa (Lightning) force numbers some 3,500, LNA sources say.

"We agree with the secretary-general that there should be a ceasefire but at the moment we do not have a text", British Ambassador Karen Pierce told reporters ahead of the talks.

Egyptian officials have repeatedly expressed support for the efforts of the United Nations special envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, to find a way out of the crisis through a political settlement based on dialogue among Libyan rival factions.

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