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EU calls for Haftar war crimes investigation following the discovery of mass graves

BRUSSELS, (BM) – The European Union called for an investigation to begin after the discovery of mass graves in the Libyan city of Tarhuna, which was under the control of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar until June 5, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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It is reported by Anadolu with reference to the representative of the alliance for foreign policy and security, Josep Borrell.

The representative of Brussels stated that the discovery of eight mass graves in the Tarhuna area was a matter of serious concern. According to him, it is necessary to conduct an investigation to verify the found remains, and then bring the perpetrators to justice. Borrel also called on the warring parties in Libya to cease hostilities and return to the UN-sponsored settlement process.

On June 5, it was reported that the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), recognized by the international community, had seized Tarhuna, the last stronghold of the LNA near Tripoli. After that, PNS troops discovered mass graves.

The PNS soon announced their intention to seize Sirte and the Al-Dzhufra region – according to the head of the GNA Interior Ministry, Fatha Bashagi, Russia has plans to create military bases based on two facilities located there.

GNA forces continue to crowd out the LNA units with the help of Turkey, which, in particular, provides air support to the Tripoli army. The Haftar army, according to the Pentagon, received at least 14 combat aircraft from Russia at the end of May, including MiG-29 fighters and Su-24 bombers. Whether this technique was used in recent battles for Sirte is unclear.

LNA led by Field Marshal Haftar since April last year launched an offensive in Tripoli, with the goal of overthrowing the GNA, but she did not succeed.

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