“The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor condemns the armed attack carried out by the military forces of the retired Libyan General Khalifa Haftar on an accommodation and detention of illegal immigrants centre in Qasr bin Ghashir area, south of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on Tuesday morning. The attack resulted the death of at least five people and injured more than 10 others seriously, according to field sources reported to the Euro-Med Monitor team,” said Lama Jbarah, the director of the Euro-Med Monitor in Geneva.
According to the information received, the shelter's guards, with more than 800 migrants, of the National Accord Government, were unable to repel the attack because of the lack of equipment, in addition to the relatively remote location of armed clashes between the forces of the Government of National Accord and the forces of Haftar.
This attack was not the first in the recent period. On April 12, Hafter's fighter jets launched several air raids on centers of detention of migrants belonging to the Government of National Accord in the city of Zuara near the Libyan-Tunisian border.
Such attacks constitute a flagrant violation of international human rights law and international humanitarian law and constitute a clear violation of the provisions of the 1951 Refugee Convention.
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor emphasizes the need for all concerned parties to assume their responsibilities for this unjustified and unacceptable incident and to neutralize the centers of immigrants, refugees and all civilian objects from military operations.
The international organization calls upon the parties to the conflict to spare civilians the conflict and to abide by the international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions. The Geneva-based organization calls upon the international community to intervene urgently in order to prevent the expansion of the fighting and to take urgent measures to punish those involved in the violations that accompany military operations in various Libyan regions.
The armed clashes and fighting between the forces of the retired General Khalifa Hafter and the forces of the Government of National Accord, which is recognized internationally has been going on since April 4, 2019 and resulted in the death of at least 230 people and the injury of hundreds, bringing the life of about two million people living in the Libyan capital Tripoli to almost complete paralysis.