UN appalled by attack on equestrian club in Libyan capital

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-07 13:27:19|Editor: xuxin
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TRIPOLI, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Sunday said it was "appalled" by the eastern-based army's airstrike on an equestrian club in the capital.

"The UNSMIL is appalled by an airstrike conducted by General Haftar's forces, targeting the Equestrian Club in Tripoli's Janzour neighborhood. The airstrike, which took place today in the afternoon, reportedly injured a number of innocent children and caused damage to the Club's facilities," the UNSMIL said in a statement.

The UNSMIL dispatched an assessment mission to identify the targeted site and the nature of the attack.

"The assessment mission was able to confirm that a fighter jet dropped four unguided bombs on the Equestrian Club, a civilian facility, and that neither military assets nor military infrastructure were observed at the targeted site," the statement said.

The UNSMIL condemned the attack and reiterated that attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructures constitute a grave violation of international humanitarian and human rights law and may constitute a war crime.

"The UNSMIL will share the information and evidence gathered during today's assessment mission with the Security Council, the Panel of Experts and other relevant international entities," the statement said.

The eastern-based army on Sunday said that its fighter jets had attacked a site of the UN-backed government's forces in western Tripoli.

According to a local official, the attack injured a number of civilians, mostly children.

The eastern-based army and the UN-backed government have been fiercely fighting since early April for control over Tripoli.

The fighting has claimed thousands of lives and injured many others, and also displaced nearly 120,000 people.

The eastern-based army is allied with the eastern-based government, with the North African country politically divided between governments in the east and west.