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UN condemns acts of retribution in western coastal cities seized by GNA

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemned the “acts of retribution” committed by militias allied with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) against civilians and security men in a number of western coastal cities.

In a statement released on Wednesday, UNSMIL said it “notes with grave concern reports of attacks on civilians, the Surman Prison break and release of 401 prisoners without adequate legal proceedings or vetting, desecration of corpses, retribution, including looting, robberies and torching of public and private properties, in western coastal towns recently seized by the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces.”

“UNSMIL is following up the above allegations, which if verified, would constitute grave violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.”

The Mission warned that “acts of revenge will further escalate the conflict, and lead to a cycle of revenge that threatens the social fabric in Libya.”

UNSMIL concluded by calling on parties to the conflict to “deescalate, curb incitement, and immediately respect the repeated calls by the Secretary-General and international partners for a humanitarian pause.”

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