UN-backed Libyan government calls LNA’s attack on airport a war crime

Libya’s United Nations-backed government, the Government of National Accord (GNA), condemned airstrike of Mitiga airport by Libyan general Kalifa Haftar’s so-called Libyan National Army (LNA) calling it a war crime.

Haftar’s army attacked capital city Tripoli four days ago and has taken control of the international airport, said a GNA official adding further that the forces have been pushed back and the city is now secured.

According to UN about 3,400 people have been displaced since Thursday when the LNA marched on Tripoli.

Citing information of Libya’s Ministry of Health, the Libya al Ahrar TV said until now 21 people have been killed and 27 others injured.

France and UN lately revealed to be supporting GNA’s leader Fayez al-Sarraj and want him to be a key player in the peace talks between GNA and LNA.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s spokesperson said, “France would like Sarraj’s government to remain a key player and to try and conclude the peace process negotiated in Abu Dhabi.”

Meanwhile, it is learned migrants and refugees in detention centers are at risk, and the violence are trapping civilians, affecting residential areas and damaging electricity lines.

According to UN about 3,400 people have been displaced since Thursday when the LNA marched on Tripoli.

In the wake of new clashes United States has pulled its small contingent of troops and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called both sides to halt the fight.

His statement added, “We have made clear that we oppose the military offensive by Khalifa Haftar’s forces and urge the immediate halt to these military operations against the Libyan capital.”

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