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UNSMIL concerned by reports of air strikes on refugee camp in Libya

May 10, 2019 at 11:32 am

The United Nations Mission in Libya (UNMIL) has expressed deep concern over reports of an air strike carried out on Tuesday on a refugee camp east of the capital, Tripoli, which injured many refugees.

The UN mission called on all parties to the conflict to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law, which guarantee the protection of civilians, including refugees and migrants.

Libya strongman, Major General Khalifa Haftar launched a military offensive against the capital, the seat of the internationally recognised Government of National Accord, in early April.

According to the World Health Organisation, the offensive has led to the death of 443 people and injured 2,110 others in Tripoli,.

The United Nations, the European Union and many other countries are demanding a ceasefire in Libya and to resort to political process to end the power struggle in the country.

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