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Libya: 3 more mass graves unearthed in Tarhuna

Area of graves to be cordoned off for forensic investigation, Justice Ministry says

Zeynep Hilal Karyagdi   | 13.06.2020
Libya: 3 more mass graves unearthed in Tarhuna Bodies are found in a number of mass graves in Tarhuna after the province liberated from the militia loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar, in Libya on June 11, 2020. ( Hazem Turkia - Anadolu Agency )

TRIPOLI, Libya 

Libya announced Friday that three additional mass graves were found in Tarhuna which was liberated by the army last week from militias loyal to renegade Gen. Khalifa Haftar.

The graves were found in the city where mass graves were recently found, according to a statement by the army's Burkan Al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) Operation.

Mass graves found in Tarhuna liberated from Haftar militia

TARHUNA, LIBYA - JUNE 11: Bodies are found in a number of mass graves in Tarhuna after the province liberated from the militia loyal to warlord Khalifa Haft

The Justice Ministry also announced the area of the graves will be cordoned off for forensic investigation.

Eight mass graves were recently found in Tarhuna, which was used as the operation and supply center of the militias loyal to Haftar, according to the UN.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) defined as “terrifying” the mass graves.

"UNSMIL notes with horror reports on the discovery of at least eight mass graves in past days, the majority of them in Tarhuna," UNSMIL tweeted.

More than 150 bodies, including women and children, were exhumed from the graves that was Haftar's last stronghold in western Libya before its liberation.

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

The government launched Operation Peace Storm in March to counter attacks on the capital and recently regained strategic locations, including Al-Watiya airbase and Tarhuna.

*Writing by Burak Dag



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