UN mission in Libya vows to lodge case of Tripoli's Mitiga Airport attacks at the ICC

UN mission in Libya vows to lodge case of Tripoli's Mitiga Airport attacks at the ICC

September 01, 2019 - 20:43
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

UNSMIL has condemned in the strongest possible terms the new attack on Tripoli's Mitiga Airport and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.

UNSMIL said in a statement on Sunday that it is documenting the incident for onward transmission to the International Criminal Court and the Security Council, adding that those behind the attacks should be held accountable.

"This attack constitutes a direct threat to the lives of pilgrims and other civilian passengers and cannot be justified under any pretext." The statement reads.

UNSMIL called for immediate cessation of attacks against this vital facility (Mitiga Airport) and all civilian infrastructure and properties.

"The mission was able to confirm that four projectiles struck the civilian parts of the airport; three projectiles landed in the parking lot and one hit the runway resulting in damage to an airplane that had carried dozens of pilgrims returning from the Hajj. At least two crew members were injured while rushing out of the plane." The statement adds.

It indicated that this is the seventh occasion since the end of July 2019 that Mitiga airport was hit by indiscriminate shelling.

"These vicious attacks are designed to sow fear, create chaos, and disrupt operations at the only working airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli." It explained.

UNSMIL reiterated that according to the provisions of International Humanitarian Law and International Human rights Law, indiscriminate attacks that result in death or injury to civilians may constitute war crimes.

Four injured persons, three of whom were hajis coming from Saudi Arabia, were sent to Mitiga hospital and Tripoli Medical Center, besides 30 others who fainted and panicked over the shelling.

The Presidential Council accused Khalifa Haftar's forces of the attack and held the UNSMIL and international community accountable for telling the truth about the shelling to the Security Council.

Earlier, UNSMIL condemned repetitive attacks on civilian airports such as Mitiga and Zuwara airports and condemned Haftar's forces for the airstrike on Zuwara Airport, saying it made sure it wasn't used for military purposes.

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