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Half a million children at risk as Libya violence continues: UNICEF

botchway April 11, 2019

 

More than half a million children are at “direct risk” in Libya as renegade general Khalifa Haftar’s forces advance on the United Nations-recognized government in the capital of Tripoli, according to UNICEF.

In a statement Tuesday, the UN agency called on all parties to refrain from “committing grave violations against children” — including the recruitment of children as soldiers. The agency said it would remain on the ground during the conflict to provide support to children and their families.

Years of fighting among various militias in the war-torn country reached an apparent crescendo Thursday when Haftar ordered the Libyan National Army (LNA) to march on Tripoli in a bid to take the capital from the government.

Gun-mounted vehicles belonging to fighters loyal to the internationally recognised GNA are pictured near a military compound in a suburb of Tripoli.

Gun-mounted vehicles belonging to fighters loyal to the internationally recognised GNA are pictured near a military compound in a suburb of Tripoli.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that least 47 people were killed and 181 wounded in the first three days of fighting in the beleaguered North African country.

Nine of the dead are civilians, including two doctors working to provide critical healthcare in Tripoli, the WHO said. About 3,400 people have been displaced, according to UN estimates.

Militias from the coastal towns of Misrata and Zawia — which are not under the UN-recognized government’s direct control — have deployed troops to the capital as part of the counter-offensive against the LNA.

Source: cnn.com

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