Around 40 migrants killed in air strike on a detention centre




At least 40 migrants were killed in the early hours on 3 July in reported air strikes on a detention centre in Tajura.The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said the strikes amounted to "a war crime" and called on the international community to enforce "sanctions" against those who "ordered and executed this operation and supplied it with arms in a flagrant violation of the international humanitarian law". The mission put the death toll from the strikes at more than 44 and said that over 130 people had been seriously injured. This is the second time this facility, hosting about 600 migrants, has been attacked.The Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA) condemned the reported strikes and called on the UN to investigate the incident. In a statement released in the early hours of 3 July, the council blamed the "war crime" on the commander of the LNA, Khalifa Haftar, who launched an operation against Tripoli on 4 April. The statement reads : "The Presidency Council of the GNA condemns in the strongest terms this terrible crime, in which planes belonging to the war criminal Khalifa Haftar targeted a migrant shelter in Tajura, killing and injuring dozens,".Interior Minister of the GNA Fathi Bashagha has said that the strikes had been carried out by "foreign" aircraft.The LNA's  command centre denyed the "allegations" that its air force had targeted the detention centre, which it said "the militias have been using for military purposes". The LNA also accused their rivals of using migrants in "storing weapons" and "recruiting them for money".  LNA command centre also  dismissed what it called "unsuccessful attempts" by the GNA to "fabricate" reports about the LNA targeting of the detention centre.


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