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10 Apr 2020 | 03:28 AM UTC

Libya: LNA shelling kills civilian in eastern Tripoli April 9

Militias affiliated with the LNA kill civilian and injure six others in Tripoli rocket attack on April 9; further attacks possible in the near term

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Event

Militias affiliated with the Libyan National Army (LNA) killed a civilian and injured six others in a rocket attack in eastern Tripoli on Thursday, April 9. Reports suggest that the rocket landed on the Ghout al-Rumman district of Tajoura in eastern Tripoli. The health ministry later stated that the LNA forces had also targeted the Al-Khadra Hospital in Tripoli at least three times earlier on Thursday, leading to its provisional shutdown. However, there were no reports of any casualties or damage to infrastructure in these attacks.

Context

The Libyan National Army (LNA) launched an offensive on Tripoli on April 4, 2019, and prompted evacuations of foreigners from Tripoli on April 7, 2019. LNA and Government of National Accord (GNA) airstrikes have been sporadically reported since April 8, 2019. The bulk of recent fighting has been concentrated in the southern suburbs of the capital.

Advice

The security environment in Libya remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas (with appropriate security protocols in place), other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.