5 April 2020

Airstrike by Haftar forces kills 45 in Libya

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At least 45 people were killed and scores injured in an airstrike carried out by eastern Libyan forces led by commander Khalifa Haftar in the country’s southwest on Sunday. reports citing Anadolu Agency.

More than 55 people including women and children were injured in the airstrike, local media reported.

Al-Ahrar TV channel earlier put the death toll at 20, citing local lawmaker Rahma Adem.

The MP said that the attack took place in Murzuq town and all the victims were from Tebu tribe.

However, Murzuq's Municipal Councilor Mohammed Omar said there was no loss of life and property in the attack targeting Tebu tribe.

For its part, the Tripoli-based Libyan Presidential Council blamed Haftar’s forces for the attack, which reportedly targeted a wedding procession.

In a statement, the council called upon the UN mission and the international community to “shoulder their responsibilities, investigate the crimes committed by the Haftar forces and prosecute those responsible”.

It went on to call on Libyans to “pay attention to Haftar's attempt to ignite sedition between components of Libyan society”.

No statement was made by Haftar’s forces regarding the accusation.

The EU Commission called on Haftar’s forces to end "indiscriminate attacks" immediately.

2019.08.05 / 23:36
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