Warlord Khalifa Haftar’s UAE and Egypt-backed air force bombed Tajoura Detention Center in east Tripoli Tuesday night killing at least 44 migrants and wounding more than 130 others.
The air raid came after threats by Haftar to intensify night airstrikes on Tripoli in retaliation for their defeat in the mountain city of Gharyan.
Shortly after the heinous airstrike, Haftar’s media outlets claimed their air force had targeted “terrorist and militia camps” in Tajoura.
The Presidential Council condemned the massacre, demanding the international community to take a stance towards these heinous crimes.
The UN mission in Libya has also condemned the airstrike.
"This attack clearly could constitute a war crime, as it killed by surprise innocent people whose dire conditions forced them to be in that shelter," UN envoy Ghassan Salame said.
Tajoura Detention Center houses around 600 illegal migrants of African, Arab and Asian nationalities.
The rest of the migrants at the detention center were transferred to other places for their safety.
Last April, Khalifa Haftar’s armed groups attacked a detention center in Ghasir Ben Ghashir, south Tripoli, leaving many wounded.