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43 killed in Libyan clashes

A damaged building is seen after Libyan forces removed Daesh from Sabratha, Libya on 7 October, 2017 [Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency]
A damaged building is seen after Libyan forces removed Daesh from Sabratha, Libya on 7 October, 2017 [Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency]

As many as 43 people have been killed, with 340 others injured, during clashes in the city of Sabratha, Libya’s health ministry said on Monday.

According to the head of the ministry’s team assigned to follow-up on events in the city, Siraj Rajab Al-Souri, the Sabratha Educational Hospital is only part-functioning due to the damage caused by the clashes. Fighting broke out on 17 September between the Anas Al-Dabbashi battalion and the Anti- Daesh Operations Unit. On Friday, the latter announced that it had control of Sabratha.

The Anti-Daesh unit was formed in 2016 to fight alongside troops loyal to the Government of National Accord, led by Fayez Al-Serraj.

Read: Heavy clashes break out east of Libya’s capital

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