Some 40 people have reportedly been killed and another 80 injured after a detention facility housing predominantly African migrants was hit in an alleged airstrike on Tuesday night, Reuters and AFP reported, citing health officials.
Gruesome images of the aftermath have surfaced on social media, purportedly showing multiple bodies buried under rubble. Footage released by a local TV channel claims to show injured migrants being treated at a hospital. The suburb of Tajoura, where the detention center is located, is home to several militias backing the UN-sponsored Government of National Accord, which is embroiled in a long-running standoff with the Libyan National Army (LNA), controlling the eastern part of the country.
The Government of National Accord’s Presidential Council is blaming the LNA, which is run by strongman Khalifa Haftar. In a statement on Wednesday, the council urged the UN to condemn the bombing and send a fact-finding mission to the site. It called the incident “mass murder” and a possible war crime. The LNA, which on Monday said it would launch a new offensive on Tripoli, denied responsibility for the alleged raid, pointing the finger instead at Tripoli-allied militias. It claimed that Tripoli-allied forces hit the center after the LNA carried out a precision strike on the militias’ positions. The UN refugee agency UNHCR voiced concerns over the incident, stating that “civilians should never be a target.”
(Source: Russia Today)