AA / Walid Abdallah
The Public Authority for the Search and Identification of Missing Persons in Libya (government) announced Monday that “search units have discovered five new mass graves” in the city of Tarhouna, south of the capital, Tripoli.
This announcement was made in a brief statement released by the authority on its official Facebook page.
The statement added that “the research units will begin tomorrow (Tuesday) in the morning to exhume the remains.”
Mass graves containing human remains are regularly found in areas controlled by the militias of renegade General Khalifa Haftar, who for years fought the former government of national accord recognized by the international community.
The Libyan Authority announced last March that the number of missing persons identified by its services stood at 3,650 in various towns, including 350 in Tarhouna.
On March 16, the oil-rich country experienced a political breakthrough, when an elected transitional authority, consisting of a unity government and a Presidential Council, took office to lead the country to legislative and presidential elections. December 24.
But Haftar persists in acting on the fringes of the legitimate government, at the head of an armed militia which controls many regions. He proclaims himself “Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army”, disputing his powers to the Presidential Council.
* Translated from Arabic by Mourad Belhaj
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