Published: Mon, April 15, 2019

121 killed, 561 wounded in Libyan fighting over 10 days

Egypt and the United Arab Emirates publicly support U.N. -led peace efforts in Libya, while being seen as Haftar's closest regional allies.

Haftar's forces, which control swathes of the country's east, launched an offensive earlier this month to take the Libyan capital, defying global calls to halt their battle against fighters loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord based in Tripoli.

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 Libyan National Army (LNA) headed by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar has confirmed the loss of its warplane, noting that the aircraft could have been downed by the rival Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA).

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

"On Sunday, GNA military spokesman Mohammed Ghnounou told Sputnik that forces loyal to the GNA leadership had downed a warplane belonging to Haftar's army".

Analysts believe the campaign on Tripoli could potentially reignite large-scale fighting among the country's rival powers and undermine worldwide efforts to reunite the fractured North African nation. Sunday's statement on Mr Sisi's talks with Gen Haftar appeared to repeat Cairo's longstanding stance on Libya, but the context in which it was issued left open the question of whether Cairo is sympathetic to the rationale behind the Libyan commander's decision to march on Tripoli, home to a UN-backed government. They say it could also give militant groups based in Libya a cause or a motive to unite their ranks in a potentially ruinous fight against the LNA.

His move is the latest in a cycle of conflict and anarchy since the 2011 toppling of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

"The World Health Organization strongly condemns repeated attacks on healthcare workers, vehicles and facilities", WHO tweeted'.

Haftar has defied worldwide calls to halt his battle against fighters loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord based in Tripoli.

Both sides have been accused of targeting civilians, the Daily Sabah reported.

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.

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