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Libya’s relentless militia war: Civilians harmed in the battle for Tripoli, April - August 2019

, Index number: MDE 19/1201/2019

Civilians continue to be harmed by the conflict raging in and around Libya’s capital, Tripoli between forces and militias loyal to the internationally recognized and UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, and the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) of General Khalifa Haftar. Both sides are launching indiscriminate strikes often using inherently inaccurate weapons, in violation of international humanitarian law (the laws of war), which forbid such attacks. Other countries have been providing weapons to the warring parties, in violation of a UN arms embargo, which has been in place since 2011.

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