Libya says death toll from Tripoli clashes climbs to 50

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Libya's unity government Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj speaks about the latest situations in the capital Tripoli on August 30, 2018. - At least 27 people have been killed and nearly 100 wounded in several days of fighting between rival militias near the Libyan capital, the health ministry said today. (Photo by STR / AFP) (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Libya’s unity government Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj speaks about the latest situations in the capital Tripoli – At least 50 people have been killed and over 100 wounded in several days of fighting between rival militias near the Libyan capital, the health ministry said today. (Photo by STR / AFP) (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Libyan authorities say the death toll from fighting between rival armed groups in the capital Tripoli has climbed to at least 50 people including civilians.

The Health Ministry says on Tuesday the clashes since late August have left at least 138 others wounded.

The fighting erupted last week between groups from Tripoli and rivals from a town to the south.

The UN-backed government has declared a state of emergency in and around the capital.

The UN mission in Libya has called for an “urgent dialogue on the security situation” in Tripoli on Tuesday.

Libya slid into chaos after the 2011 uprising that overthrew and ruler Muammar Gaddafi and led to his death.

Libya is governed by rival authorities in Tripoli and the country’s east, each of which are backed by an array of militias.

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