FRANCE FACES RISING CALLS TO INVESTIGATE MALI AIRSTRIKE


02/04/2021




Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- Human rights organizations have called on the French government to investigate an attack by French warplanes on a village in Mali that killed scores of civilians. The

United Nations (UN) Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) conducted an investigation into the alleged attack on civilians in Mali.

"As part of Operation Barkhane, 19 civilians were killed in an airstrike on a wedding in the village of Bounty," the investigators report said.

The report also reported that three gunmen from a terrorist organization were killed.

"We ask the Malian and French authorities to put the search for justice at the heart of their actions, especially through an independent and in-depth investigation," Moctar Mariko, president of the Malian Association for Human Rights (AMDH), said in a statement after the UN report.

French Defence Minister Florence Parly, who traveled to Mali on March 31st to visit French and other European troops, responded that despite questions from reporters, no investigation had been opened.

"We want this unilateral UN investigation to take into account the arguments that I have highlighted before," Minister Parly said on April 1st.


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