The death toll from ongoing fighting between rival Libyan forces in the capital Tripoli has risen to 376, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

Iran Press/Africa: Some 1,650 people have also been wounded since the beginning of the battle between Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) and forces loyal to the government earlier this month, Tariq Jarasevic, WHO spokesperson, said.

From early this month, General Haftar’s eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) attacked Tripoli where Serraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA) is seated, Reuters reported.

The attack has prompted intense fighting between LNA and GNA forces, threatening to push the country into a fully-grown civil war.

The fighting has killed more than 200 people and left more than 614 others wounded, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 

France has supported Haftar in the past along with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates because it is believed to be relying on oil imports from the regions under his control.

The LNA has almost two-thirds of the country and all oilfields under its control.

Paris is also adamant about maintaining its foothold in the African continent, even in the countries which gained independence almost six decades ago.

France played the leading role in a military campaign by NATO which led to the ouster of Libya's former dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and plunged the country into the current crisis.

On Thursday, the United Nations’ envoy for Libya Ghassan Salame warned of 'a widening conflagration' in the country.105


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