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Libya finds 3 more mass graves in Tarhuna city

TARHUNAH, LIBYA - NOVEMBER 07: [EDITORS NOTE: Image depicts death] Forensic medicine officials conduct excavation works at a mass grave in Tarhunah, Libya on November 07, 2020. A large number of bodies of men and women have been found one after another in excavations since June. ( Mücahit Aydemir - Anadolu Agency )
Forensic medicine officials conduct excavation works at a mass grave in Tarhunah, Libya on November 07, 2020 [Mücahit Aydemir - Anadolu Agency]

Three more mass graves were found in Tarhuna city, south of the capital Tripoli, according to the Libyan authorities on Sunday, Anadolu reports.

In a statement, the General Authority for Research and Identification of Missing Persons said its teams discovered three locations of mass graves in an area near the Abdaly Highway in Tarhuna city.

The authority said it will start exhuming the bodies on Monday, without giving any further details.

Since June last year, Libyan authorities have discovered 83 mass graves in different areas in Tarhuna, from which more than 200 bodies were exhumed.

Tarhuna was a former stronghold for warlord Khalifa Haftar, whose forces were pushed back from Tripoli by government forces last year.

In March, Libyan authorities said they have lists of 3,650 missing people in different Libyan cities, including 350 missing persons in Tarhuna.

According to Libyan official sources, Haftar's forces and affiliated militias committed war crimes and acts of genocide in the period between April 2019 and June 2020.

On March 16, a new transitional unity government headed by Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh was elected to lead the country to elections this December.

Libyans hope that the move will end years of civil war that have engulfed the country since the ouster and killing of strongman Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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