Death Toll from Tripoli clashes climbs to 50


Libyan authorities say the death toll from fighting between rival armed groups in the capital Tripoli has climbed to at least 50 people including civilians.

The Health Ministry said Tuesday the clashes, since late August, have left at least 138 others wounded. Fighting erupted last week between groups from Tripoli and rivals from a town to the south.

The UN-backed government has declared a state of emergency in and around the capital. Moreover, the UN mission in Libya has called for an urgent dialogue on the security situation in Tripoli on Tuesday.

Libya slid into chaos after the 2011 uprising that overthrew and ruler Muammar Qaddafi and led to his death. The country is currently governed by two rival administrations -- Tripoli-based Government of Nations Accord (GNA), which is internationally recognized, and the Tobruk-based government in the east, each of which are backed by an array of militias.

Source: International Islamic News Agency