The Netherlands calls on Libyan parties to refrain from attacking civilians

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-22 02:02:02|Editor: yan
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TRIPOLI, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Netherlands' Ambassador to Libya Lars Tummers on Thursday urged Libya's rival parties to refrain from attacking civilians, as the armed conflict between the UN-backed government and the eastern-based army continues.

"The Netherlands also wishes to extend our condolences to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to those injured," the ambassador tweeted.

"We remind all parties to the conflict that civilians and civilian infrastructure are not a target and that the perpetrators should be held accountable," the ambassador added.

Seven people were killed and 30 others were injured on Monday by an airstrike that hit a factory in Wadi Rabi area in south of the capital Tripoli.

The UN-backed government accused the rival eastern-based army of launching the airstrike. The army has not commented on the charges so far.

The army, led by General Khalifa Haftar, has been leading a military campaign in and around Tripoli for more than seven months, in an attempt to control the city and overthrow the UN-backed government.

Thousands of people have been killed and injured in the armed conflict, while more than 120,000 civilians have been displaced.