'Volcano of anger': Death toll rises and thousands displaced in Libyan violence

'Volcano of anger': Death toll rises and thousands displaced in Libyan violence

'Volcano of anger': Death toll rises and thousands displaced in Libyan violence

The UN appealed for a two-hour truce on Sunday to allow for the evacuations of casualties and civilians, but fighting continued.

The United Nations also called for an immediate halt to any further air operations in order to de-escalate the conflict and asked all member states to influence the opposing sides to end the conflict.

Tripoli's only functioning airport has been attacked as eastern forces advancing on the Libyan capital disregard global appeals for a truce in the latest of a cycle of warfare ongoing since Muammar Gaddafi's fall in 2011.

"Nearly half a million children in Tripoli and tens of thousands more in the western areas are at a direct risk due to the intensification of fighting", it said.

Medical facilities reported 47 people killed and 181 wounded in recent days as eastern forces seek to take Tripoli from an internationally-recognised government, the World Health Organisation said.

Haftar's forces have advanced in mostly low-populated areas, but taking control of Tripoli constitutes a much greater challenge for them.

Libya has been rocked by violence and deadly power struggles between several armed groups since NATO-backed rebels overthrew dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

On Sunday, April 7, Russian Federation blocked proposals for the council to adopt a formal statement, instead insisting that all Libyan forces be urged to stop fighting, diplomats said.

His ministry on Monday put the death toll at 35.

A security source at Mitiga airport, east of the capital, said no side had yet claimed responsibility for Monday's air raid, which hit a runway without causing casualties.

The UN's high commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi, called for the warring parties to "spare civilians, including refugees and migrants trapped in the country".

The Government of National Accord (GNA) was created from peace talks in 2015, but has struggled to take control despite United Nations backing.

Maria Valle Ribeiro, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Libya, said more than 2,800 people have fled from fighting.

The BBC Arab affairs editor Sebastian Usher says some residents fear a long operation such as that which Gen Haftar mounted to take the eastern city of Benghazi from Islamist fighters in 2017.

Haftar's offensive has threatened to plunge the country into a full-blown civil war and once again thwart diplomatic efforts to find a solution to Libya's woes.

UN-backed talks between the rival governments had been scheduled for 14-16 April to discuss a roadmap for new elections, but it is now unclear if these will still take place.

Serraj has run Tripoli since 2016 as part of a UN-brokered deal boycotted by Haftar.

Also Monday, U.N. envoy Ghassan Salame said he met with Fayez Sarraj, head of the government in Tripoli, to discuss how the U.N. mission "can assist at this critical and hard juncture".

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