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15 April 2019, 04:56 | Devin Moran
Libya death toll rising, says UN
While some pro-Haftar media had predicted a quick victory, Tripoli government forces have halted him about 11 km (7 miles) from the center near an airport that was largely destroyed in a previous bout of fighting five years ago.
His move is the latest in a cycle of conflict and anarchy since the 2011 toppling of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
"President Sisi stressed Egypt's support for the efforts of counter-terrorism and fighting the extremist groups and militants to achieve security and stability in Libya", Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in the statement.
Images released by the palace showed a seated Mr Sisi flanked by Gen Haftar and the head of Egypt's intelligence Abbas Kamel in the reception hall of the presidential palace in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis.
On Saturday, the Tripoli-based Interior Minister of the Presidential Council's government Fathi Bashagha accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of reportedly sending Haftar military support in "clear violation of the worldwide law". 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. The United Nations has warned the situation could spiral out of control. Moreover, militias, mostly Islamist, have held sway over large regions, particularly in the west and south of the country.
Haftar has defied worldwide calls to halt his battle against fighters loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord based in Tripoli.
More than 120 people have been killed since a Libyan military commander launched an assault on the capital 10 days ago, igniting clashes with rival militias, the United Nations health agency said Sunday.
Despite the risk, the WHO said it was sending more medical supplies and health staff to Libya to cope with an anticipated increase in casualties.
The World Health Organisation tweeted that it "strongly condemns repeated attacks on health care workers, vehicles".
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said more than 13,500 people have been displaced, and that "significant numbers of civilians" remain stuck in areas where the fighting has escalated.
The UN said on Sunday that a school was bombed in Ain Zara southwest of Tripoli, without saying who was responsible.
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