Mines spoil the joy of IDPs returning to their houses

Tripoli Municipality urged all people displaced from the clashes south of Tripoli not to rush to return to their homes before the authorities completed their work related to removing mines in those areas.

The municipality confirmed in a post on its Facebook page that the mines planted in those areas claimed the lives of 7 residents, on Saturday, and its explosion resulted in the death of an internal security technician and the injury of a member of the Criminal Investigation, calling on all residents of the areas that were the scene of military operations not to return to their houses at the moment for their safety.

The appeal comes at a time when the National Human Rights Commission in Libya said that more than 16,000 Libyans were displaced within 24 hours as a result of the escalation of fighting in southern Tripoli and in the city of Tarhuna.

The municipality’s statement came after the intensified conflict and the expansion of violence in the areas south and southwest of Tripoli, the Qasr Bin Ghashir, Souk Al Khamis and Aziziyah areas, which were severely affected by armed clashes, which led to the displacement of the population.

It added that due to the shifts in controlling Tarhuna, cases of displacement from Tarhuna to other locations have been reported, indicating that at least 3225 families, or about 16,125 individuals, were forced to move from these areas during the past 24 hours.

The commission also noted that with the continuation of the war and violence expansion, the suffering of thousands of internally displaced persons is increasing.


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