At least 40 people have been killed and another 80 injured after an airstrike hit a migrant center east of the Libyan capital of Tripoli early on Wednesday, according to the Health Ministry’s emergency service Field Medicine and Support Center. Images from the ground showed masses of rubble left where the buildings had been, while emergency crews worked to remove both the wounded and the dead.
The UN Refugee Agency posted to its official Twitter page that it was “extremely concerned” about the news of the airstrikes targeting the Tajoura detention center.
In a statement, the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli sentenced the “horrific crime,” blaming the leader of the opposition Libyan National Army (LNA) who are currently attacking Tripoli.
There is currently no independent evidence on who was responsible for the attack.
In their statement following the attack, the GNA announced the airstrike on the center had been deliberate and created a “war crime.”
“We ask the international community through the African Union, European Union and (other) organizations to take a strong and clear stand against these continued crimes,” the statement stated.
There has been no answer from the opposition LNA yet. CNN has reached out to the LNA for comment.
The armed conflict in and around Tripoli increased on April 4, when General Khalifa Hafter and his LNA launched an attack to seize the Libyan capital from the UN-recognized government.
Defending the capital are different Islamist militia that props up the UN-recognized transitional government.
Human rights organizations stated that they have seen both sides possibly doing war crimes, including random attacks on residential areas and migrant detention centers.
“The severe consequence of the battle for Tripoli is even visible from space, with satellite description showing large swathes of the city now cloaked in darkness,” stated Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International, in a statement on Wednesday.
The United Nations Security Council has voted to impose an arms embargo against Libya until June 2020, saying that there is “no military solution” to the ongoing conflict.
But Amnesty International stated that the embargo is not being properly enforced and has attacked Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey of mocking the ban.