GNA condemns torture, murder of its forces captured by LNA

The Ministry of Health in the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) condemned the alleged killing and torture of the government’s allied forces in captivity in the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) prisons.

On Thursday, the Zawiya Educational Hospital received 12 bodies of elements affiliated to GNA forces from the Libyan Red Crescent.

The Ministry said the killing of those captives violates all local and international laws and customs.

In a statement, the Ministry called on the U.N. Security Council, the U.N. Support Mission in Libya, and the International Criminal Court to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The LNA launched an offensive in April to seize Tripoli from the GNA. It has encountered stiff resistance, resulting in a stalemate in the capital’s southern outskirts.

Over the past four months, 1,093 people have been killed in the fighting and 5,752 wounded, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Moreover, about 120,000 people have been displaced.

Libya has been mired in chaos since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed dictator Moamer Qaddafi.


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