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UN dismayed at continuous fighting in Libya’s Derna

Since the latest escalation of armed conflict in Derna on 15 May, health sector sources report that at least six civilians have been killed and 14 injured, including one child, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported on Thursday.

“Some 300 to 500 families have reportedly been displaced from Al Fatayih area (east of Derna city), to Derna city as a result of the renewed conflict.” It added.

Since mid-April, conflict has intensified in Derna following statements of an imminent large-scale offensive by the Libyan National Army (LNA). As fighting appears to be intensifying and approaches populated areas protection of civilians concerns are significant. People are reportedly able to enter and exit the city, according to the report.

The report said that humanitarian access to Derna is severely limited and humanitarian supplies are awaiting approval to enter.

“The most urgent needs are in the health sector. If closures remain, humanitarian needs will increase.” The report says.

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