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World Twelve bodies found in Libya mass graves

13:00  19 october  2020
13:00  19 october  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

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Twelve unidentified bodies were found in mass graves in the Libyan city of Tarhuna, south of the capital, Tripoli. Hundreds have been killed and some 200,000 people were displaced in Libya since the latest escalation, which began in April 2019, when Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA)

Seventeen bodies have been unearthed in newly found mass graves in western Libya ’s Tarhuna region, taking the total exhumed in recent months to 112, the missing persons The presence of mass graves in Tarhuna was first reported after the withdrawal of Haftar’s forces from western Libya in June.

Twelve unidentified bodies were found in mass graves in the Libyan city of Tarhuna, south of the capital, Tripoli.

a man standing on top of a dirt field: Hundreds have been killed and some 200,000 people displaced in Libya since the latest escalation, which began in April 2019 [File: Mahmud Turkia/AFP] © Hundreds have been killed and some 200,000 people displaced in Libya since the latest escalation, wh... Hundreds have been killed and some 200,000 people displaced in Libya since the latest escalation, which began in April 2019 [File: Mahmud Turkia/AFP]

The bodies, found on Sunday, were recovered from the newly discovered mass graves, Abdul-Aziz Jafri, a spokesman for the General Authority for Research and Identification of Missing Persons, told Xinhua news agency.

A fact-finding mission to Libya was established by the United Nations’ top rights body in June after prosecutors from the International Criminal Court said that mass graves discovered recently may constitute war crimes.

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A dozen bodies have been unearthed in newly found mass graves in the Tarhuna region of western Libya from which eastern strongman Khalifa © Mahmud TURKIA An aerial view shows Libyan experts exhuming human remains from mass graves in Tarhuna, southeast of the capital Tripoli.

We also found several mass graves , according to our initial reports dozens were buried alive". In response, the US Embassy in Libya tweeted, "The United States shares UNSMIL's horror and supports immediate efforts by Libyan authorities and international bodies to investigate these intolerable

At least eight mass graves were discovered at the time, in an area retaken by Libya’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) from renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar’s forces.

According to the Tripoli-based GNA, most of the graves were found in Tarhuna, Haftar’s last stronghold in western Libya.

The city was used by his forces as a launchpad during an ill-fated 14-month offensive to seize Tripoli from the GNA.

A total of 86 bodies have since been recovered in Tarhuna, and 28 others in Tripoli since the beginning of a search in June, according to Libyan media.

Libya, a significant oil producer, has been mired in turmoil since 2011, when longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in a NATO-backed uprising.

Since 2015, a power struggle has pitted the GNA in Tripoli against eastern-based Haftar, with both sides backed by rival foreign powers.

Hundreds have been killed and some 200,000 people were displaced in Libya since the latest escalation, which began in April 2019, when Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), backed by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, launched an offensive against Tripoli, the seat of the internationally recognised GNA.

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