250,000 have fled militia fighting in Libya

Photo: 250,000 have fled militia fighting in Libya
 / Arab World

A United Nations report says four months of fighting by militias in Libya's two biggest cities, Tripoli and Benghazi, has forced some 250,000 people to flee, including 100,000 who have been internally displaced, AP reported.

The report released Thursday by the U.N. Support Mission in Libya and the U.N. Human Rights Office estimated that some 150,000 people, including migrant workers, have fled the country. The report says a "climate of fear" has made citizens reluctant to speak about militia abuses.

The last four months have seen a renegade general battle Islamic militant in the eastern city of Benghazi - cradle of the 2011 uprising that toppled Moammar Gadhafi - and powerful regional militias fight for control of the international airport in Tripoli. Islamist-allied militias have seized virtually all of the capital.

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