Eight mass graves were discovered in Tarhouna, southeast of Tripoli, Libya, a region that fell into the hands of pro-government forces. The local UN mission said it was frightened and called for “effective and transparent investigations”.
“Horror”. So the United Nations said on Thursday, June 11, after reports of the discovery of mass graves in Tarhouna, 65 kilometers southeast of Tripoli, a Libyan region that fell last week in the hands of pro-government forces in war for more than a year against Marshal Khalifa Haftars.
The UN support mission in Libya (Manul) said “to take note of the information on at least eight mass graves discovered in recent days, most in Tarhouna”. She demanded “effective and transparent investigations into alleged illegal deaths”.
She also welcomed the establishment of Thursday by the Justice Department of the GNA, the government recognized by the international community, by a commission of inquiry that it called to “secure the mass graves, identify the victims, establish the causes of death and return of remains” to families.
GNA slowed its advance towards the east
According to the director of the Tarhouna Public Hospital, Abouraoui al-Bouzedi, “160 bodies” were also discovered in the morning by GNA forces upon their arrival in the city. The bodies “were transferred to Tripoli and Misrata by the Red Crescent,” the hospital director adds to journalists in Tarhouna, without further explanation.
A few days ago, Manul qualified as “very disturbing” information about the discovery of bodies at Tarhouna Hospital and urged GNA to quickly launch an impartial investigation. After capturing this city, the GNA had warned its troops against all acts of reprisal or pillage, with punishment for prosecution and called to ensure the protection of citizens’ lives, dignity and property.
Seems like they want to continue their momentum after the defeats caused by their rivals in recent weeks, and on June 6, GNA troops launched an attack to recapture the city of Sirte, a strategic lock in the east and the country’s most important oil installations. , still in the hands of pro-Haftar. But they had to slow down progress towards this city located 450 km east of Tripoli, especially due to air strikes from their rivals, according to Libyan media.