Benghazi car bombings leave 43 deaths: Angry reactions weigh in

Benghazi car bombings leave 43 deaths: Angry reactions weigh in

January 24, 2018 - 22:19
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Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

34 people were killed and over 71 were injured - mostly civilians - in the attack that took place outside Bayat Al-Radwan mosque in Al-Salmani, Benghazi on Tuesday, according to Al-Jalaa Hospital.

The attack was condemned and denounced by ordinary Libyans and officials as well, starting with the condemnation of the Presidential Council (PC), which issued a statement deploring the terrorist act, saying they will do all it takes to unveil the identities of the perpetrators and bring them to justice. 

"All Libyans should support one another in fighting evil powers such as criminal and terrorist organizations." The PC said, offering condolences to the families of the victims.

Likewise, the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) denounced the two "terrorist" bombings and called on security personnel and "army forces" to bring down the perpetrators to be punished for the crimes they committed.

"Radical and terrorist hands are the ones behind the explosions as they aim to destabilize Benghazi after it had rid itself of terrorism and extremism." HoR explained.

Other reactions included the condemnation of the Justice and Construction party - Muslim Brotherhood's political arm - which said on Facebook that the explosions are terrorist acts that target Libya and jeopardizes the lives of its citizens.

The party called on the Ministry of Health to take the needed measures to provide medical care and treatment for the injuries, urging Benghazi security apparatuses to assume responsibility and prevail security within the city.

Several official and civil organizations and groups also condemned the attacks, calling for taking the necessary actions to confront this kind of terrorist attack.

The UNSMIL also condemned the "horrifying" attacks that targeted civilians in Benghazi, confirming on Facebook that direct or random attacks on civilians are prohibited by international laws and are considered war crimes.

The Italian Embassy also denounced the attacks and offered condolences to the families of the victims, tweeting on Wednesday a call on all Libyans to be united against terrorism that haphazardly targets people and leaves only death behind.

The European Union also extended its sympathy to the families of the victims and wished those injured a speedy recovery. 

The EU said in a statement that “such attacks have not only caused many losses but further threaten, in an already fragile environment, the ongoing work to restore security, stability and rule of law in Libya.”