The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) documented in last October 10 civilian casualties – eight deaths and two injuries – during the conduct of hostilities across Libya, indicating that all victims were men.
UNSMIL explained on its website on Friday that the civilian casualties were caused by gunfire (four killed and one injured) and explosive remnants of war (ERW, four killed and one injured).
The mission also documented civilian casualties in Benghazi (four killed and one injured), Al-Fuqaha (four killed), and Al-Zawiya (one injured.)
UNSMIL said also that eight additional casualties from other possible violations of international humanitarian law and violations or abuses of international human rights law were documented in Derna, Al-Zawiya and Ubari.
“On 28 October, ISIS fighters carried out an attack on al-Fuqaha, apparently in revenge for the arrest of an ISIS fighter on 15 October in the town and its residents’ alleged cooperation with the Libyan National Army (LNA). ISIS fighters shot dead two men inside their homes. They dragged two other men outside, killing them execution-style in front of onlookers.” UNSMIL’s report reads.
It added that ERWs continued to pose a danger to civilians in Benghazi, particularly in areas that had witnessed protracted fighting between the forces led by Khalifa Haftar and the “Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC.)”
October’s number of victims is far less from the number of casualties in September and August of this year as 18 were killed in September and 22 injured, while 22 killed and 3 injured in August.