Cairo, Jun 1 (AP) The United Nations says fighting between the self-styled Libyan National Army and militants has killed at least 17 civilians, including two children, in Libya’s eastern city of Derna. Also Read - 'Forbidden by Islam': Egyptian Woman Arrested For Baking 'Indecent' Cakes Topped With Lingerie & Genitals

The UN Support Mission in Libya said in a statement today that the fighting has injured 22 others, including seven children, since May 16. Also Read - Robot That Can Test For Covid-19 Trialled in Egypt, It Will Also Warn People Not Wearing Masks

It said an explosion on Wednesday killed seven people and wounded seven others as they were attempting to leave Derna. It added that dozens of families have left the city. Also Read - 7 Indians Kidnapped in Libya Released, to Return to Their Homes After Formalities: MEA

The LNA, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, has surrounded the city of 150,000 people for years. Clashes have been ongoing since April.

Hifter announced his intention to “liberate” Derna in May.

Libya descended into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled ruler Moammar Gadhafi. (AP) MRJ MRJ

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