UN condemns atrocious airstrike by Haftar’s warplanes on civilians in Tripoli

United Nations Mission in Libya – UNSMIL. [Photo: Libyan Express]
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said it is shocked by the airstrike on a civilian-populated neighborhood in Tripoli that led to the killing of three children on Monday. 

“Once again, innocent children pay the ultimate price. An attack today ended, in the most horrible way, the lives of three innocent young girls of the same family, burying them under the rubble of a house razed by an airstrike in the al-Fernaj neighbourhood in Tripoli. Another young girl of the same family and the mother were injured in the airstrike which was reportedly conducted by a fighter jet belonging to “LNA” forces.” The UNSMIL said in a statement.

Shocked by this attack, UNSMIL condemned in the strongest possible terms the reckless disregard for the lives of innocent people and calls for the immediate cessation of such indiscriminate attacks.

“It is particularly egregious that the attack comes a few days after the attack on the Equestrian Club in Tripoli which also injured a number of children.” UNSMIL said.

Three girls have been killed and the mother as well as her son have been injured in an airstrike by Khalifa Haftar’s warplanes on a civilian House in Ferjan neighborhood in Tripoli, sources from the Ambulance Apparatus of Tripoli said.

The airstrike left the house totally destroyed amid panic and horror in the civilian neighborhood inside Tripoli.

The Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord condemned the airstrike and said this is another atrocious crime by Haftar and his “militias” in Tripoli, urging the international community and UNSMIL to take up their responsibility toward protecting civilians in Libya.

It also called on all legal and humanitarian organizations to document this crime in Fernaj neighborhood to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Meanwhile, the UNSMIL reaffirmed that it will not stand idly by and watch war crimes being committed, and innocent lives being lost, almost every day.

It urgeed member states and international relevant institutions to exert all possible efforts and take all necessary measures, to put an end to the repeated blatant violation of international humanitarian and human rights law in Libya.

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