22 May – 28 May: WHO data indicates over 550 people killed since the start of the Tripoli clashes

May 28, 2019 | Libyan actors

On 27 May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that 562 people had been killed (including 40 civilians) and 2,855 injured (including 106 civilians) since the Libyan National Army (LNA) launched its assault on Tripoli on 4 April. The overall military stalemate between the LNA and GNA-aligned forces in Tripoli continues with an apparent escalation in the intensity of fighting.

On 27 May, the GNA-aligned Hatteen Brigade (one of Misrata’s largest battalions which participated in the 2016 clashes against ISIS), deployed from Misrata to Tripoli. Likewise, the LNA is reported to have also sent additional reinforcements to its forces in Tripoli throughout the week. On 25 May, the LNA’s Western Region Operations Room Commander, Major General Abdussalam al-Hassi, stated that LNA forces had made significant advances in southern Tripoli, progressing 10 km towards the centre of the capital over the space of two days.