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UN condemns attacks against civilians in Libya
update:March 20,2020
TRIPOLI, March 20,2020 -- The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Thursday condemned the attacks on civilians in Libya, a day after indiscriminate shelling killed 4 children in southern Tripoli.
"Four young women and girls aged between 14-20 killed, and five others, including a 11-year-old child, were injured yesterday in a senseless indiscriminate shelling affecting a civilian neighborhood in Ain Zara, reportedly by LNA forces (Libyan National Army)," the UMSMIL said in a statement.
"Appalled by this bloody attack, which comes hours after the international calls for a humanitarian pause, UNSMIL reiterates its strong condemnation of such indiscriminate attacks affecting civilians and renews its call for an immediate cessation of hostilities," the statement said.
The UN-backed government and the rival eastern-based army exchanged accusations for attacking civilians in Tripoli, where deadly armed conflicts are still taking place.
The eastern-based army has been leading a military campaign since April 2019 in and around the Libyan capital of Tripoli to take over the city and topple the UN-backed government.
The fighting has killed and injured thousands of people and displaced more than 150,000 civilians.
The two rival parties, which accepted a cease-fire starting from Jan. 12, have been accused each other of breaching truce.
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