UN envoy condemns car bombing that killed two UNSMIL staffers in Benghazi
The UN envoy in Libya Ghassan Salame condemned in the strongest possible terms the explosion that took place Saturday, 10 August, in front of a shopping mall in the eastern city of Benghazi, which resulted in a number of civilian casualties, including UN staff.
Salame announced “with a heavy heart the death of two UN staff members and several others injured.”
“This cowardly attack, which comes at a time when Libyans are out shopping in preparation for the Eid al-Adha, serves as another strong reminder of the urgent need for Libyans to stop fighting, set aside their differences and work together through dialogue and not violence to end the conflict in Libya,” Salame said.
He added that this attack will not discourage the UNSMIL nor will it prevent it from carrying on with its duties to bring about peace, stability and prosperity to Libya and its people.
He emphasized that the commitment of the parties to the terms of the Eid Al-Adha Truce sends an irrevocable message that the blood of Libyans, and UN staff, both internationals and Libyans, who worked side by side with the Libyan people to achieve a better future for all Libyans was not shed in vain in this heinous explosion.