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Death toll in Tripoli migrant centre attack 'could reach 60'

03 luglio 2019 | 16.54
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The number of migrants killed in an overnight air raid on a detention centre in Tripoli could hit 60, sources told Adnkronos on Wednesday.

The air raid on the Tajoura centre was "a massacre, the deaths could reach 60," the sources said.

The United Nations mission in Libya said at least 44 people died and over 130 were "severely injured" in the attack, which the internationally recognised government in Tripoli has blamed on eastern warlord Khalifa Haftar's forces.

The detention centre is next to a military camp, one of several in Tajoura, east of Tripoli’s centre, which have been targeted by air strikes for weeks.

Haftar's Libyan National Army militia and those allied to the UN-backed government are locked in a deadly battle for control of the Libyan capital in which over 600 people have been killed and more than 3,260 wounded since fighting began in early April, according to the UN.

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