from AHMED ZAYED in Tripoli, Libya
TRIPOLI, (CAJ News) – THE death of ten people after an airstrike in the capital Tripoli is a stark reminder of the hostile conditions and risks migrants and local communities face in Libya on a daily basis.
Some 35 individuals were injured during the attack blamed on the Libya National Army (LNA), a rebel group.
The deadly attack in the Wadi Rabi’a neighbourhood is the latest in a series of airstrikes by the group since the battle for the control of the oil-rich Tripoli ensued in April.
The majority of the dead were migrants. Two of the victims were Libyans.
“Regardless of whether the attack deliberately targeted the factory or was an indiscriminate attack, it may constitute a war crime,” Ghassan Salame, United Nations (UN) envoy for Libya, said.
The use of air power and precision technology has become a dominant feature since the Tripoli conflict started.
More than 200 civilians have been killed. Over 128 000 people have fled their homes since the conflict began.
The UN estimates the total number of drone strikes in support of LNA forces at well above 800.
The total number of drone strikes in support of the internationally-endorsed Government of National Accord is estimated at around 240.
Instability is rocking Libya since militants, aided by international forces, toppled and eventually killed President Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
– CAJ News