UN WARNS LIBYA OVER ATTACKS ON CIVILIANS
Libya have long been caught between numerous warring parties
The United Nations has warned that attacks on civilian infrastructure in Libya could amount to war crimes.
Michelle Bachelet, UN’s Human Rights Commissioner said every effort to protect civilians must be made by all parties to the conflict, adding that the people of Libya “have long been caught between numerous warring parties, with some of the most gravest violations of their human rights suffered by some of the most vulnerable”.
An air strike had on Monday closed the city’s only functioning airport with some 47 persons, including civilians reportedly killed over the last three days as the country continues to be torn by violence and political instability following the deposition and killing of long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
Speaking further, Michelle said, “ The attack near Mitiga airport that left many civilians in Tripoli stranded brought into stark focus the imperative far all parties to respect humanitarian law, and to take all possible measures to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools, hospitals and prisons.”
In addition to the 47 deaths, 181 people are reported to have been injured in recent clashes according to the World Health Organization (WHO) who also says it had documented more than 40 attacks on health services in the country over course of 2018 and 2019.
According to the UN, 2800 people have so far fled fighting around the capital, Tripoli, warning that those who remain are at risk of being cutt off from essential services due to the clashes.