Three children were killed and two others injured in a raid by retired Major General Khalifa Hifter on a house south of Tripoli on Monday. The Government of National Accord and the UN Mission in Libya condemned the bombing, which was preceded by several attacks on civilians on the outskirts of the Libyan capital.
Major General Ahmed al-Mesmari, spokesman for the so-called Libyan National Army led by Hifter, acknowledged that his forces had carried out the raid, but said it targeted what he called an operation room at al-Farnaj camp in al-Mukhabara camp, denying targeting civilians in the area. .
Osama Ali, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health's Emergency and Ambulance Service, said that in addition to the deaths of the three sisters, the mother and another child were injured.
The spokesman added that the ambulance and emergency teams pulled the bodies of the victims from under the rubble of the house, which was severely damaged by the bombing.
In the reactions, the President of the Presidential Council of the Government of Al-Wefaq, Fayez al-Sarraj, described the targeting of civilians in the area of al-Farnaj with a brutal war crime that will not go unpunished, while the government of al-Wefaq issued a statement reviewing repeated attacks on airports and public and private property, and targeting civilians.
Sarraj said during an inspection of the bombing site that what happened deliberate targeting of civilians and residential neighborhoods. He also briefed the Prime Minister on the extent of damage to a number of nearby buildings, including houses, a mosque and the headquarters of the Ministry of Health.
For his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Government of National Accord, Mohamed Taher Sayyala, the President of the Security Council to take a firm decision to deter retired Major General Khalifa Hifter, and stop his crimes before it is too late, warning at the same time of humanitarian catastrophes threatening the security of Libya and the region.
Interior Minister Fathi Bashaga called on all countries that support what he called the Hifter aggression against Tripoli to immediately stop supporting him and violating Libyan sovereignty.
During a meeting in Tripoli with Italian Ambassador to Libya Giuseppe Puccino, Minister Bachaga stressed that the Wefaq government forces are still stationed in their positions to defend Tripoli against Hifter's attack.
|Al-Sarraj during his visit to the aerial bombardment in Al-Farnaj area (Anatolia)|
For its part, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya strongly condemned the raid on the area of al-Farnaj in Tripoli, and pointed to reports that a plane belonging to Hifter forces carried out.
The UN mission also called for an immediate end to these indiscriminate attacks, saying that this blatant attack comes a few days after the attack on the equestrian club in the Janzour area of Tripoli, which also injured a number of children.
The UN Mission in Libya reiterated that it would not stand by for such war crimes,
It called on Member States of the Security Council and international bodies to take all necessary measures to put an end to violations of international humanitarian law in Libya.
Since April 4, Hifter's forces have launched an attack on Tripoli under the pretext of ending the "militia rule", but have not been able to penetrate the walls of the capital Tripoli, and have targeted several civilian facilities in the past few months, such as Tripoli's Mitiga airport and Misrata airport. The bombing of an irregular migration center in the Libyan capital last July, killing dozens of migrants.
The clashes resulted in the deaths of about 1,100 people, including dozens of civilians, and wounded about 6,000 others, while the number of displaced people exceeded 120 thousand people, according to UN agencies.