DEATH TOLL FROM CLASHES IN LIBYA REACHES 78

TRIPOLI, The death toll from the clashes between government forces and armed militias in Libya's capital, Tripoli, has increased to 78, the Ministry of Health said Sunday.

The ministry's Department of Wounded said in a statement that the clashes in Tripoli had left 78 dead and 210 injured as of Saturday.

The statement also said 103 injured people had left hospitals after treatment, adding that 16 people remain missing.

Tripoli recently witnessed violent clashes between government forces and militants of the "7th Brigade" militia from the nearby city of Tarhuna, some 80 kilometres southeast of Tripoli.

On Thursday, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya announced that the warring parties had signed a UN-sponsored ceasefire agreement to end the clashes, which had displaced more than 1,800 households.

Following the 2011 uprising which toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime, Libya has been suffering escalating violence, chaos and political division.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK