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UNSMIL condemns shelling on residential neighborhood of Abu Slim, Tripoli

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salamé, issued a statement today condemning “in the strongest terms” the heavy shelling on residential neighborhood of Abu Slim in Tripoli last night.

The overnight shelling in Abu Slim resulted in scores of civilian deaths and injuries. According to initial medical sources, civilian casualties include injured women and children and one family that lost a mother, daughter, and grand-daughter.

“With great sadness, I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the victims and I wish a speedy recovery for those injured. The use of indiscriminate, explosive weapons in civilian areas constitutes a war crime,” Salamé said.

Salamé stressed that “liability for such actions lies not only with the individuals who committed the indiscriminate attacks, but also potentially with those who ordered them”.

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