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Twenty-two civilians killed in Libya in August - UN

04 settembre 2018 | 16.22
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 A total 22 civilians including six children were killed in fighting across conflict-wracked Libya in August, while three civilians were injured, the United Nations' mission to the country said in a statement on Tuesday.

Victims included 14 men, two woman, four boys and two girls killed, and two men and one woman injured, UNSMIL said, noting that it believed the true number of civilian casualties to be higher.

"UNSMIL continues to seek to confirm additional civilian casualties in the course of ongoing hostilities in Tripoli," the statement said. It referred to violent clashes between rival militias that began on 24 August, in which at least 50 people have been killed including at least 19 civilians while over 120 people have been wounded, according to health ministry data reported on Tuesday.

The majority of civilian casualties across Libya in August were caused by gunfire (three killed and three injured), followed by shelling (five killed) and explosive remnants of war (one killed), UNSMIL said.

The exact causes of death of the 14 other fatalities were unknown.

UNSMIL said it documented civilian casualties in Tripoli (19 killed and one injured), in the eastern port city of Derna (two killed) and the western port city of al-Zawiya (one killed and two injured).

"Parties to the conflict endangered civilians through their use of weapons with wide-area impact, including rockets, tanks and other artillery, in densely-populated residential areas," UNSMIL stated.

In a bid to end the worsening violence in Tripoli, UNSMIL announced talks on Tuesday with the rebel armed groups and militias they are fighting, some of which support the UN-backed Government of National Accord.

UNSMIL said it bases its casualty figures on information it has gathered and cross-checked from a broad range of sources in Libya, including activists, current and former officials, local government employees, community leaders and members of the public, as well as local media reports. Where possible, UNSMIL said it reviews documentary information, including medical records, forensic reports and photographic evidence to assess the credibility of the information it obtained.

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