2 Doctors, Scores Of Civilians Killed In Fighting In Tripoli, Libya; U.N. Human Rights Official Calls For Ceasefire Negotiations

New York Times: Tripoli’s Last Civilian Airport Closes After Airstrike in Libya Conflict
“Flights to and from the Libyan capital’s last remaining civilian airport were suspended on Monday after it was hit by an airstrike as rival militias battled for control of the city. … The World Health Organization also said that two doctors had been killed in Tripoli while providing critical services to civilians. ‘These doctors risked their lives to evacuate wounded patients from conflict areas, and targeting them and health facilities at such times worsens the situation for civilians caught up in conflict,’ Ahmed Al Mandhari, the WHO’s regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean, said in statement” (Ives, 4/9).

Reuters: Libya death toll rises, Islamist militants exploit chaos
“…The United Nations’ health body said local facilities had reported 47 people killed and 181 wounded in recent days as eastern forces seek to take Libya’s coastal capital from an internationally recognized government. … The U.N. refugee agency said it was extremely concerned about the rapidly deteriorating situation, and thousands of refugees and migrants were trapped in detention centers in the conflict areas. On Monday, a warplane took out Tripoli’s only functioning airport, and the number of displaced — 3,400 at the last U.N. count — is mounting alongside the casualties. … ‘The people of Libya have long been caught between numerous warring parties, with some of the most vulnerable suffering some of the gravest violations of their human rights,’ U.N. Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said. ‘I appeal to all sides to come together to avoid further senseless violence and bloodshed’…” (Elumani et al., 4/9).

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