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UN Appeals for Urgent Release of Migrants Trapped in Libya

The United Nations on Friday urgently appealed for the release and evacuation of more than 1,500 detained refugees and migrants caught in the crossfire of escalating fighting sparked by a self-styled Libyan army commander's military campaign to take the capital.

The U.N. refugee agency said the refugees and migrants are believed to be trapped in detention centers where hostilities are ranging.

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More than 8,000 Flee Libya Fighting, Says UN

More than 8,000 people have fled fighting around Libya's capital, half of whom have been displaced over the last two days, the United Nations said Friday. 

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UN Chief Urges Ceasefire to Avert 'Bloody Battle' for Tripoli

The UN chief warned Libya is on the brink of "a very dangerous situation" as forces loyal to the internationally recognised government and a rival strongman battle for control of the capital.

Thousands of people have fled heavy fighting on the outskirts of Tripoli that has left dozens dead and prompted mounting global alarm.

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Libya Fighting Kills 56 in a Week

Fighting in Libya's capital has killed 56 people and wounded 266 over the last six days, the World Health Organization said Thursday, as the UN mobilised to support the country's over-stretched hospitals. 

"Thousands of people have fled their homes, while others are trapped in conflict areas. Hospitals inside and outside (Tripoli) are receiving daily casualties," the United Nations health agency said in a statement. 

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Battle for Tripoli Escalates as UN Prepares to Meet

The battle for Libya's capital intensified as the UN Security Council prepared to meet Wednesday to discuss the crisis gripping the North African country, where armed rivals are locked in a deadly power struggle.

The closed-door talks in New York come a day after the United Nations postponed a Libyan national conference aimed at drawing up an election roadmap because of fighting raging on Tripoli's doorstep.

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In Haftar, Analysts Sees 'Moscow's Man' in Libya

Russia has said it is not taking sides in the fighting in Libya but behind the scenes, experts say, Moscow is firmly backing strongman Khalifa Haftar.

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Russia Blocks U.N. Libya Statement Singling Out Haftar's Forces

Russia on Sunday blocked a U.N. Security Council statement that would have called on forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar to halt their advance on Tripoli, diplomats said.

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Libya Clashes Death Toll Rises to 32

At least 32 people have been killed and around 50 wounded in fighting with strongman Khalifa Haftar's troops near Tripoli, the UN-backed government said.

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Sarraj Vows 'Firmness' against Haftar Forces, U.N. Still 'Determined' for Talks

The head of Libya's U.N.-backed government Fayez al-Sarraj has accused his rival Khalifa Haftar of betraying him over a military offensive against the capital Tripoli which risks plunging the country into civil war.

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UN Calls on Haftar's Forces to Halt Libya Advance

The UN Security Council on Friday called on Libyan forces under Khalifa Haftar to halt their advance on Tripoli, warning the military move was putting Libya's stability at risk.

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