The UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salama, condemned the repeated air raids carried out by aircraft supporting Hifter on civilian facilities in western Libya, the last of which was on Tajura, Azawiya and Abu Sleim, which resulted in the death of a number of civilians.
Salama confirmed, in a statement on the official website of the mission, that Hifter warplanes bombed the Institute of Applied Engineering near a shelter for illegal immigrants in Azawiya, where hundreds of them are being held, adding that “Fortunately, no injuries were reported in this air strike.”
Salama added that two civilians were killed and 8 others were wounded, and public and private properties were destroyed, after a number of air strikes carried out by Hifter aircrafts in the city of Azawiya, and another on the Abusleim area, which resulted in the death of a civilian and the injury of 6 others, in addition to raids targeting the Tajura area which left a number of civilian casualties.
Salama stressed the need to protect civilians and civilian facilities throughout Libya, and that indiscriminate attacks not only violate humanitarian and international law but also escalate the conflict and incite reprisals that threaten Libya’s social unity, he said.
It is worth noting that the United Nations, in its report issued last November, stated that it had documented at least 284 deaths and 363 civilian injuries in 2019 as a result of the armed conflict in Libya.