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Libya exhumes 42 bodies from mass grave in Sirte

Bodies are found in a number of mass graves in Tarhuna in Libya on June 11, 2020 [Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency]
Bodies are found in a number of mass graves in Tarhuna in Libya on June 11, 2020 [Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency]

Libyan authorities have said they have discovered 42 unknown bodies in a mass grave in the northern coastal city of Sirte, Anadolu News Agency reports.

The General Authority for Research and Identification of Missing Persons said in a statement on Sunday that it received a notification from the office of the local prosecutor on a mass grave found in Ibn Khaldoun School in the Jiza Al-Bahriya area.

It said 42 unknown bodies were exhumed over two weeks of work in the school.

The bodies were taken to a hospital to take samples from the bones and were buried later, the statement said.

The bodies are believed to be belonging to people killed by the Daesh terrorist group, which seized the city for more than a year from August 2015 to December 2016.

Discoveries of mass graves are common in war-torn Libya, especially in Tarhuna city, a former stronghold for warlord Khalifa Haftar.

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.

READ: Libya identifies suspects involved in mass graves

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