174 people have died since fighting began in Libya: World Health Organization

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — At least 174 people have been killed and 758 wounded, including civilians, since the Libyan National Army, headed by Marshal Khalifa Hafer, began his offensive on April 4 to take control of Tripoli, according to a new toll from the World Health Organization (WHO).

In Geneva, a spokesman for the World Health Organization, Tariq Jacevic, said at least 14 civilians were killed and 36 wounded in the fighting.

In addition, the organization said it sent additional teams of surgeons to help hospitals that receive large numbers of people in emergency and trauma departments.

The fighting has displaced more than 18,000 people, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Monday it had delivered emergency medical equipment to the Ministry of Health to assist victims in the worst-affected areas of Ain Zara and the Ben Ghashir Bridge in the south of the capital.

“As the situation on the ground worsens and the number of victims increases, sanitation facilities urgently need help,” the UNHCR said.

Since April 4, fierce fighting has raged on the outskirts of the southern districts of Tripoli between the forces of the national unity government recognized by the international community and the Libyan National Army led by Hafater, the strong man in eastern Libya.

In addition to field battles, the two sides carry out daily air strikes and accuse each other of targeting civilians.

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