The United Nations Human Rights chief on Tuesday called for the creation of humanitarian corridors in and around the Libyan capital Tripoli, so civilians, migrants and refugees could be safely evacuated from fighting areas.
At least 278 people have been killed and more than 1,300 wounded in the clashes, according to a toll released Wednesday by the World Health Organization.
The battle for the capital has all but wrecked UN-backed efforts for a peace deal between the rival factions and threatened to further disrupt Libya’s oil industry.
Libya has asked the UN Security Council to dispatch a fact-finding mission to investigate attacks on civilians in Tripoli, according to a letter released Thursday.
The Libyan National Army force allied to a parallel government in the east has launched an offensive but has been unable to breach the southern defenses of the city.