ALLOW CIVILIANS LEAVE ‘TROUBLED TRIPOLI’, UN APPEALS HUMANITARIAN CORRIDORS

ALLOW CIVILIANS LEAVE ‘TROUBLED TRIPOLI’, UN APPEALS HUMANITARIAN CORRIDORS

The UN Human Rights Commissioner say there are grave concerns for the safety of  thousands of civilians trapped in the Libyan capital, Tripoli and has called for humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to escape from Tripoli.

In a statement, the UN estimates that at least 42,000 people have been displaced by fighting in the city since the start of April, but that thousands more remain trapped.

“The escalation of attacks in residential areas, including the use of artillery, rockets and airstrikes is deeply worrying.

“Thousands of children, women and men’s lives are at risk,” Ms Bachelet said, adding that the indiscriminate use of explosive weapons in densely populated areas was a violation of international law.

Armed groups loyal to General Khalifa Haftar have been battling to take Tripoli from forces of the internationally recognised government for several weeks now.

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