UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said there were no military installations inside Zuwara International Airport, 120 kilometers west of Tripoli.
“Following two successive airstrikes, claimed by the national army against Zawara airport in western Libya, on 15 and 16 August, an assessment mission was conducted,” the UN mission said Saturday.
“After inspecting the airport facilities and all nearby buildings, the assessment mission was able to verify that there are no military assets or facilities at Zuwara airport.”
“There is no indication of the military use of Zuwara airport, a civilian facility,” it said.
The Mission renewed its condemnation of the attacks by Haftar forces on the Zuwara airport and caused serious damage to the airport infrastructure, including the runway.
It reiterated that “any attacks against civilians and civilian installations constitute a serious violation of international humanitarian and human rights law”.
The United Nations also indicated that it would share information and evidence gathered during the Zawara airport visit with the Security Council, the Panel of Experts and other relevant international bodies, as it did with assessments conducted by the Mission following other similar incidents, the statement said.
The UN-recognized government of National Accord on Saturday accused Haftar forces of bombing Mitiga airports in Tripoli and Zawara in the west, wounding three civilians.
Haftar forces announced that they had bombed Zuwara airport, saying they had targeted warehouses for Turkish “drones”, but did not announce the bombing of Mitiga airport in the last two incidents.
Since April 4, Hifter’s forces have been pursuing an offensive to take control of Tripoli, where the UN-recognized Accord government is based.
The fighting, which entered its fifth month, killed about 1093 people and wounded 5762, including civilians, while the number of displaced people approached 120 thousand people, according to UN agencies.
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