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Libya says efforts underway to probe Haftar violations

Landmines planted by Haftar's militia killed 39 civilians south of Tripoli

AA   | 17.06.2020
Libya says efforts underway to probe Haftar violations



A Libyan official said Wednesday international efforts were underway to form a fact-finding commission to probe violations committed by warlord Khalifa Haftar's militia.

"Libyan authorities continue to document these violations in order to bring perpetrators to justice," Naser Gheita, an adviser to the Libyan Justice Ministry, told a press conference in Tripoli.

He said some countries -- without naming them -- are working to form a neutral fact-finding mission to look into Haftar's violations in southern Tripoli and the city of Tarhuna.

Libyan military sources earlier said Haftar's forces and Russian mercenaries have planted improvised devices in residential areas in the central city of Sirte.

According to the Libyan Center for Mine Clearance and War Remnants, landmines planted by Haftar's militia have killed 39 civilians and injured 71 others south of Tripoli.

The Libyan army recently inflicted heavy blows to Haftar and liberated Tripoli and Tarhuna, in addition to other strategic locations, including Al-Watiya airbase, from his militia.

The internationally recognized government has been under attack by Haftar's forces since April 2019, with more than 1,000 killed in the violence.

*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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