TWO EXPATS KILLED IN RAID BY HAFTAR FORCES IN TRIPOLI


25/03/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- Two expatriate workers have been killed and a citizen wounded in a raid by Khalifa Haftar militias, on the outskirts of Mitiga International Airport in Tripoli. This was announced by the forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA) on Monday in a statement published by the Media Office of the Volcano of Rage Operation on Facebook.

The brief statement indicated that the artillery shelling, carried out by the Haftar forces in the vicinity of Mitiga International Airport, resulted in the deaths of two expatriate workers and the wounding of one Libyan citizen. "Haftar's forces are unable to advance on the ground and his warplanes have become ineffective since Turkey helped the Government of National Accord (GNA) to set up anti-aircraft batteries," Salah al-Bakkush told Anadolu Agency. "As the world is busy with an unprecedented pandemic, the UN mission in Libya is now ineffective [after resignation of UN envoy Ghassan Salame] and as Haftar, Egypt and UAE believe that there is a military solution to the conflict, the situation is likely to escalate in the coming period," al-Bakkush said.

Last week, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) announced it would suspend some activities in Libya, including work at a Tripoli community day centre and a registration centre where new arrivals can sign up for help. UNHCR will also stop making visits to detention centres until staff are given personal protective equipment, though a spokesperson said the agency will increase phone counselling and outreach to refugee community leaders. Both UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration have halted resettlement flights for refugees and migrants globally.


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