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U.N.: 8,000 displaced by fighting in Libya

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BERLIN — The escalation in violence in and around Libya’s capital has resulted in the displaceme­nt of more than 8,000 people, the United Nations said Thursday.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the fighting in the past 24 hours was “the heaviest since the outbreak of hostilitie­s.”

The selfstyled Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, launched a major military offensive earlier this month aimed at capturing Tripoli.

The oilrich North African country is now governed by rival administra­tions — a U.N.backed government in Tripoli and the west and another government supported by Hifter and his supporters in the east.

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