Middle East

Libyan authorities find 2 new mass graves in Tarhuna

City is former stronghold of warlord Khalifa Haftar’s militia

Gulsen Topcu   | 27.09.2021
Libyan authorities find 2 new mass graves in Tarhuna

TRIPOLI, Libya

Libyan authorities have discovered two new mass graves in the city of Tarhuna, a former stronghold of warlord Khalifa Haftar’s forces located northeast of the capital Tripoli.

In a statement over the weekend, the General Authority for Research and Identification of Missing Persons said bodies will be exhumed from the graves on Monday.

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

Since June last year following the defeat of Haftar’s forces in the western areas of Libya, the Libyan government has discovered around 300 bodies in mass graves in Tarhuna and south of Tripoli.

Libya has been torn by civil war since the overthrow and killing of long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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