UN: 90 civilians killed in Libya’s Murzuq since early August

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — At least 90 civilians have been killed and more than 200 injured as a result of violent clashes that erupted earlier this month in the southern southwestern city of Marzak, the United Nations said.

This came in a statement issued on Thursday, the Office of the Spokesman of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Stefan Dugrik, Anatolia received a copy of it.

The United Nations said the toll also includes “an air strike that targeted the region on 4 August,” without specifying who carried out the raid.

On that date, the Libyan government of Wefaq accused Hifter’s forces of carrying out an air strike on the al-Qalaa neighborhood, home to Tabu citizens, with a razor, killing 45 people and wounding about 40 others.

“The situation has escalated since last Sunday, and the fighting has continued despite the declared truce (on Eid al-Adha on Sunday and Monday), most of which continued throughout the country,” the UN said.

The statement quoted, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the displacement of an estimated 6,426 people to safer neighborhoods within the municipality of Murzuq.

He added, “It was reported that some families are unable to leave the affected areas for fear of reprisals, and was displaced about 270 migrants of different nationalities from West Africa.”

According to the statement, “preliminary results pointed to widespread disruption of markets and infrastructure in Murzuq, where the entire region is still suffering from power cuts, and means of communication is very limited.”

It is noteworthy that the forces of retired Major General Khalifa Hifter, announced in mid-February, control of Murzuq, but a large section of the city’s population, especially Tabu tribes, announced their rejection of the presence of his forces inside the city.

Since then, intermittently, clashes have erupted between supporters of Haftar from the local tribe, and mostly Tabu opponents.

Some Tabu residents accuse Hifter of arming his “loyal” people and instructing them to work to destabilize Murzuq.

They say that Hifter deliberately provokes unrest in Tabu towns to prevent them from joining the forces of the internationally recognized Wefaq government in its defense of the capital.

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