Killed Since Fighting Broke out in Libya

The battle around Tripoli has killed 75 people including 17 civilians according to the UN

The battle around Tripoli has killed 75 people including 17 civilians according to the UN

In a brief statement, Egypt's presidential palace said that during the talks Mr Sisi emphasised Egypt's support for "combating terrorism and extremist groups and militias to restore peace and stability for Libyan citizens across their country".

The meeting was attended by Egypt's intelligence chief Abbas Kamel.

Members of Libyan National Army (LNA) commanded by Khalifa Haftar get ready before heading out of Benghazi to reinforce the troops advancing to Tripoli, in Benghazi, Libya, April 13, 2019. Egypt never publicly acknowledged it was offering material aid to Gen Haftar's LNA, although its jet-fighters have in the past occasionally bombed positions and facilities belonging to Islamic militants in eastern Libya.

The Libyan commander has modeled his political style of authoritarian leadership after Sissi, himself an army general turned president.

Sisi has supported Haftar's forces.

The 75-year-old Haftar's push for Tripoli took many by surprise and has brought calls from round the world for a ceasefire. Egypt has said that it did not think a military solution to Libya's divisions was viable. He was referring to eastern officials allied to the Tripoli government. The United Nations has warned the situation could spiral out of control.

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Fighting in recent days has been taking place on the outskirts of Tripoli as LNA forces have been bogged down by groups aligned with the Government of National Accord (GNA).

Haftar, who was exiled in the United States for two decades, returned to Libya in 2011 when the revolution erupted, commanding forces that eventually toppled dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Moreover, militias, mostly Islamist, have held sway over large regions, particularly in the west and south of the country.

Fighting near Tripoli has killed 121 people and wounded 561, the World Health Organization said on Sunday.

"The humanitarian community is concerned about rising numbers of civilian casualties, including medical personnel", OCHA Libya said.

The WHO said in a tweet that 561 others had been wounded since commander Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive earlier this month to take Tripoli, which is now controlled by a UN-backed government.

At least 15,700 people have been forced to flee their homes because of the conflict, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), with a "significant number" of others still stuck in live conflict zones.

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