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Amnesty asks ICC to investigate possible war crimes in Libya

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

Amnesty International (AI) has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate possible war crimes in Libya.

“As the battle for Tripoli unfolds, the warring parties have displayed a shameful disregard for civilian safety and international humanitarian law by carrying out indiscriminate attacks on residential neighbourhoods,’’ Magdalena Mughrabi, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Amnesty said.

Recently, the commander of the eastern Libyan National Army (LNA), Khalifa Haftar, ordered his forces to seize Tripoli from the internationally recognised government led by Fayez Serraj.

The fighting, which left 454 people dead and 2,154 injured, reached a stalemate, with neither side able to make substantial progress.

Some 70,000 people have been displaced because of the fighting.

Amnesty said witness testimony and analysis of satellite imagery indicated that heavily populated residential areas in southern Tripoli’s Abu Salim district were indiscriminately attacked with rockets between April 15 and 17.

The rights group identified three areas struck by inaccurate weapons in Abu Salim, an area controlled by militia affiliated with the Tripoli-based government.

It said it found no visible evidence of a military target in these areas.

Both sides have traded blame for attacks on residential areas in southern Tripoli.

Amnesty said it could not determine which side carried out any of the attacks.

“However, all Abu Salim residents interviewed believed forces affiliated with the LNA were responsible,” the rights group said.



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