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Death toll from Libya crises in 2014 exceeds 2,600 – 71% of the region’s casualties

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The year 2014 ended with at least 3,771 fatalities from Critical Incidents in the Maghreb and Sahel zones, based on MEA Risk LLC’s tracking service CIncidents. With an intense political crisis affecting Libya, that country was home for nearly 71% of the casualties, amounting to 2,668 people killed during 2014 in that country. With more than 12% of the total casualty count, Mali came in second, recording 455 deaths due to critical incidents, followed by Algeria witCapture1h 5.5%, Tunisia with 4.0% and Chad with 3.2%. Despite the intensity of the political life in Tunisia, that country managed to contain the death toll from political violence to just 149. This is indeed a remarkable outcome as the country went through very tense elections.

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The North Africa Journal is a leading English-language publication focused on North Africa. The Journal covers primarily the Maghreb region and expands its general coverage to the Sahel, Egypt, and beyond, when events in those regions affect the broader North Africa geography. The Journal does not have any affiliation with any institution and has been independent since its founding in 1996. Our position is to always bring our best analysis of events affecting the region, and remain as neutral as humanly possible. Our coverage is not limited to one single topic, but ranges from economic and political affairs, to security, defense, social and environmental issues. We rely on our full staff analysts and editors to bring you best-in-class analysis. We also work with sister company MEA Risk LLC, to leverage the presence on the ground of a solid network of contributors and experts. Information on MEA Risk can be found at