UN mission in Libya condemns Haftar forces' airstrike that killed civilians

UN mission in Libya condemns Haftar forces' airstrike that killed civilians

October 14, 2019 - 20:39
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has condemned the airstrike on Monday that killed three children in Al-Fernaj neighborhood in Tripoli, deploring in the strongest possible terms the reckless disregard for the lives of innocent people, and calls for the immediate cessation of such indiscriminate attacks.

"It is particularly egregious that the attack comes a few days after the attack on the Equestrian Club in Tripoli which also injured a number of children." UNSMIL added.

UNSMIL said in a statement that it is shocked by the attack on a civilian-populated area in Tripoli that killed innocent children, adding that innocent children are paying the ultimate price once again after the attack of Equestrian Club in Janzour.

"An attack today ended, in the most horrible way, the lives of three innocent young girls of the same family, burying them under the rubble of a house razed by an airstrike in the al-Fernaj neighbourhood in Tripoli. Another young girl of the same family and the mother were injured in the airstrike, which was reportedly conducted by a fighter jet belonging to (LNA) forces." UNSMIL said.

UNSMIL reaffirmed that it will not stand idly by and watch war crimes being committed in Libya and innocent lives being lost, almost every day, calling on Security Council member states and international relevant institutions to exert all possible efforts and take all necessary measures to put an end to the repeated blatant violation of international humanitarian and human rights law in Libya.

In the meantime, the spokesman for Haftar's forces, Ahmed Al-Mismari admitted that their warplanes targeted Al-Fernaj, saying that they hit a military camp and caused losses in both "militia fighters and weapons."