At least 25 people killed in battle for Libya’s capital – reports
Deaths and displacements mounted in Libya on Monday as eastern forces sought to push into the capital, Tripoli. The fighting threatens to disrupt oil supplies and wreck UN plans for an election to end rivalries between parallel administrations in the east and west. The eastern Libyan National Army forces of Khalifa Haftar said 19 of its soldiers had died in recent days as they closed in on the internationally recognized government in Tripoli. A spokesman for the Tripoli-based Health Ministry said on Monday that fighting in the south of the capital had killed at least 25 people, including fighters and civilians, and wounded 80, Reuters reported. The United Nations says 2,800 people have been displaced by clashes and many more could flee, though some were trapped.