A UN report has found that a foreign air force was behind an air strike on a Libyan migrant detention centre which killed over 50 people, with strong suspicion pointing towards the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The findings by the UN Security Council’s group of experts concluded that the rocket attack on 2 July on the Tajoura holding centre in Tripoli, which killed at least 53 and wounded 130, was likely carried out by a Mirage 2000-9 fighter jet, and is one of the worst single atrocities of the Libyan Civil War.
Although the so-called Libyan National Army (LNA), headed by General Khalifa Haftar, does not possess any such aircraft, they are used by the air forces of Haftar’s main backers, Egypt and the UAE.
The report does not name any nation directly responsible, but former British Ambassador to Libya, Peter Millett told the Guardian, “The only two countries with capacity and motive to mount the strike were the UAE and Egypt.”
Most of those killed are believed to have been Sub-Saharan Africans attempting to reach Europe via Libya.
According to the BBC, the UN Special Mission in Libya had shared the coordinates of migrant centres with both sides in the conflict to prevent them from being hit. The internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) said at the time of the attack, that it had been carried out by a fighter plane from the UAE.
The Emirati-backed LNA initially said it had bombed a legitimate target, but later outright denied being involved.
On Monday, the Libya Observer reported that the High Council of State, which is part of the GNA, called on the government to “take legal action against countries supporting Haftar, particularly the UAE, and to document their crimes at local and international courts.”
Source: Middle East Monitor