ICC to Probe Mass Graves Found in Libya's Tarhuna

Published December 10th, 2020 - 07:08 GMT
Aguila Saleh Issa (R), speaker of the Tobruk-based Libyan House of Representatives, meets with Ali al-Habri, governor of the parallel Central Bank of Libya based in the east, and with other officials in eastern Benghazi on December 6, 2020. Abdullah DOMA / AFP
Aguila Saleh Issa (R), speaker of the Tobruk-based Libyan House of Representatives, meets with Ali al-Habri, governor of the parallel Central Bank of Libya based in the east, and with other officials in eastern Benghazi on December 6, 2020. Abdullah DOMA / AFP
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Delegation also expected to investigate those involved in war crimes in Tarhuna in coordination with local authorities.

A delegation from the International Criminal Court (ICC) will visit Libya on Friday to inspect mass graves unearthed in the city of Tarhuna, the Libyan army said Wednesday. 

The delegation will also investigate those involved in war crimes in coordination with the Tripoli Prosecutor's Office, the media office of the government-led Burkan Al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) Operation said in a statement.

On July 7, the ICC decided to send a team to investigate war crimes committed by forces loyal to Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar in the city, including the issue of mass graves and the planting of booby trap mines by Haftar’s militias.

Libya has been torn by civil war since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The Government of National Accord was founded in 2015 under a UN-led agreement, but efforts for a long-term political settlement failed due to a military offensive by Haftar’s forces.

 

The UN recognizes Fayez al-Sarraj's government as the country's legitimate authority.

Tripoli has battled Haftar's militias since April 2019 in a conflict that has claimed thousands of lives.

In recent months, as Haftar’s militias were forced into retreat by the legitimate government with Turkish security assistance, many mass graves were discovered in areas the militias had controlled.

Turkey also supports the Al-Sarraj-led government.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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