5 – 11 June: Death toll of Tripoli clashes rises to more than 650

Jun 12, 2019 | Libyan actors

On 9 June, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported the deaths of 653 people as a result of the clashes in Tripoli, 41 of them civilians. Another 3,547 have been wounded, 126 of them civilians. The clashes between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and anti-LNA forces continue, with no significant changes in territorial control. Heavy clashes continue in Ain Zara, Khallet al-Farjan and around Airport road.

On 5 and 6 June, the LNA launched airstrikes targeting the military section of Tripoli’s Mitiga International Airport. The attacks did not target the civilian airport terminal and no civilians were reported killed or injured. On 6 June, the LNA Air Force Operations Room Commander, Major General Mohammed al-Manfour, claimed LNA forces tracked a Turkish aircraft targeting LNA forces in southern Tripoli. LNA airstrikes targeting GNA-aligned military vehicles and planes allegedly stored at Mitiga airport destroyed the Turkish aircraft. Manfour claimed the GNA’s Western Military Region is using the airport as a military headquarter/base, while noting that the LNA would not target civilian facilities.