U.S. condemns attack on equestrian club in Janzour

Alwasat - Cairo Tue 08 Oct 2019, 02:25 PM
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The U.S. embassy in Libya on Monday deplored an airstrike on an equestrian club in the capital Tripoli, which took place on Sunday and injured several children.

"The U.S. embassy deplores the recent escalation in violence and attacks on civilian infrastructure, including the October 6 airstrike, which the UN has attributed to the LNA (Libyan National Army) on the Equestrian Club in Janzour (western Tripoli) that reportedly injured innocent children in violation of international humanitarian law," the embassy tweeted.

"We remain committed to working with all parties to end the conflict and provide the opportunity for the return of normal life to all Libyans," the embassy said.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Sunday said it was appalled by the airstrike, stressing that attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructures constitute a grave violation of international humanitarian and human rights law and may constitute a war crime.

The LNA on Sunday said that its fighter jets had attacked a site of the UN-backed government's forces in western Tripoli.

According to a local official, the attack injured a number of civilians, mostly children.

The LNA and the GNA have been fiercely fighting since early April for control over Tripoli.

The fighting has claimed thousands of lives and injured many others, and also displaced nearly 120,000 people.

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