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UN: 60 air strikes carried out by foreign countries supporting Haftar

January 23, 2020 at 9:28 am

A damaged school building is seen after targeted by airstrikes of Haftar’s forces at Shuafat neighbourhood in Tripoli, Libya on 10 January 2020 [Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency]

A report issued by the Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, revealed on Tuesday that the army of eastern Libya, led by Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, carried out 850 airstrikes with drones, in addition to 170 jet strikes, including 60 precision-guided raids by foreign fighter aircrafts.

The forces of the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Fayez Al-Sarraj in Tripoli, carried out 250 airstrikes using drones during the same period.

The report indicated that journalists are continuously getting injured during media coverage of the clashes in the vicinity of the Libyan capital, while others are being arbitrarily detained by the GNA security forces.

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According to the UN report, the clashes taking place in the vicinity of Tripoli, since April last year, have led to the death of more than 280 civilians, the injury of 363, and the displacement of more than 140,000 people.

The UN Security Council called on the warring parties in Libya to reach an immediate ceasefire.

Guterres expressed his concern about the disappearance of MP Siham Sergiwa in Benghazi, which is controlled by the Haftar forces.