Presidential Council condemns airstrikes on Derna, demands action by UN Security Council

A statement issued on Tuesday by the Presidential Council’s Head Fayez al-Sarraj said that the airstrike should be treated as a “war crime”.

The UN-backed Government of National Accord’s Presidential Council of Libya has strongly condemned the airstrike on the eastern city of Derna and called on the UN Security Council to investigate the attack that killed at least 20 civilians and injured about 25.

A statement issued on Tuesday by the Presidential Council’s Head Fayez al-Sarraj said that the airstrike should be treated as a “war crime”.

While the statement did not say who was responsible for the deadly bombing, it called for the immediate lifting of more than a year of siege imposed on Derna city to allow humanitarian aid and for those injured to be evacuated for treatment.

“The siege has left many suffering,” said the statement, adding that it will not tolerate the killing and intimidation of Libyan citizens.

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