Libya: UN brands apparent group execution a 'war crime'

UN envoy "dismayed" as hospital says it received 14 bodies bearing shots to the head, signalling summary execution.

    A hospital in Benghazi said it had received the bodies of 14 people killed execution-style, in what the UN envoy to Libya said was a "war crime".

    The unidentified bodies were found on Thursday and brought to the Benghazi Medical Centre by members of the Red Crescent, a doctor at the facility told the AFP news agency on Friday.

    "The bodies bear shots to the head, which could mean they were executed," said the doctor who declined to be named.

    Martin Kobler, the UN envoy to Libya, denounced the killings, branding them a "war crime" in a message posted on his Twitter account.

    Kobler said he was "utterly shocked and dismayed by the summary execution of a number of people in Benghazi".

    He also called for an investigation into the murders and for those responsible to be brought to justice.

    Benghazi has seen bloody battles for more than two years between forces loyal to the internationally recognised parliament and armed groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL, also known as ISIS).

    Forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar have regained several districts of Benghazi in recent months but have yet to retake the whole city.

    The doctor told AFP that the 14 bodies were found in areas under the control of Haftar's men.

    Security officials in the eastern city of Benghazi contacted by AFP declined to confirm or deny the killings.

    SOURCE: AFP


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