UN condemns attacks on civilian areas in Libya's Tripoli

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-14 19:15:39|Editor: zh
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TRIPOLI, April 14 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Sunday condemned attacks on civilian areas and institutions in the Libyan capital Tripoli, which is witnessing violent battles between the UN-backed government forces and the eastern-based army.

"UNSMIL warns that the bombing of schools, hospitals, ambulances and civilian areas is strictly prohibited by International Humanitarian Law," the Mission said in a statement.

"The mission is monitoring and documenting all acts of war that violate this law in order to brief the Security Council and the International Criminal Court," the statement added.

On Saturday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said a total number of eight attacks on medical workers and vehicles took place so far since the violence began in Tripoli.

The eastern-based army has been leading a military campaign against the government in the capital Tripoli since earlier this month, attempting to take over the city.

The fighting killed and injured hundreds of people, and forces thousands of civilians to flee their homes.

The army, led by General Khalifa Haftar, is allied with the eastern-based government, as the country is politically divided between western and eastern governments.

Libya has been struggling to make a democratic transition amid insecurity and chaos, ever since the fall of former leader Gaddafi's regime in 2011.