More than 120 people killed in Haftar's bloody assault on Libya's

More than 120 people killed in Haftar's bloody assault on Libya's

The WHO said in a tweet that 561 others had been wounded since commander Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive earlier this month to take Tripoli, which is now controlled by a UN-backed government.

Libya's Khalifa Haftar was in Egypt on Sunday on a previously unannounced visit, taking time out from his Libyan National Army's march on the Libyan capital to hold talks with his Egyptian sponsor, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. His rivals say he has fueled conflict and risks returning Libya to authoritarian rule.

There are claims that on occasion, Egyptian warplanes flying in support of the LNA have bombed positions suspected of belonging to militants, blamed by Cairo for a series of cross-border attacks against its security forces and minority Christians traveling to remote desert monasteries.

During the meeting, El-Sisi affirmed Egypt's support for the efforts to combat terrorism and extremist groups and militias in order to achieve security and stability for the Libyan citizen in all the country's territory to establish the foundations of a stable and sovereign civil state.

The presidency released photos showing Haftar, dressed in a blue suit, sitting with Sisi and his head of intelligence Abbas Kamel.

In March 2016, GNA chief Fayez al-Sarraj arrived in Tripoli to set up a new government, but the Haftar-allied administration in the eastern city of Tobruk refused to recognise its authority.

"Our position will not change", United Nations envoy Ghassan Salame tweeted. "No matter how obstinate one becomes, there is no solution except a political one", Ghassan Salame said in a Twitter post.

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As well as thwarting the United Nations plan, the flare-up threatens to disrupt oil supplies, boost migration to Europe, let Islamist militants exploit the chaos, and worsen Libyans' suffering.

So far, the LNA have ignored global calls to halt their battle against fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord led by Fayez Al Sarraj in Tripoli.

No other details were immediately available.

"Haftar's warplanes have been targeting several locations in and around Tripoli and also warplanes with the GNA have been targeting Haftar's locations south of Tripoli", Abdelwahed said.

It is not clear whether Gen Haftar's surprise march on Tripoli was launched with the prior knowledge or the approval of the Egyptians. By moving forces west, his eastern home base is exposed and it may be hard for Haftar to retreat without losing standing among friends and foes alike.

Pro-government forces said they were "searching for the pilot", he added.

His lightning drive appears to have united diverse factions in western Libya in the defense of Tripoli.

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