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News ID: 49133
Publish Date: 22:33 - 07 November 2020
Saturday, 07 November 2020_Libyan experts have discovered 17 bodies in several mass graves in the west of the North African country’s Tarhuna region, from where rebel forces under the command of renegade general Khalifa Haftar launched an aborted assault last year to seize the capital, Tripoli.

Libyan experts discover 17 bodies in mass graves in Haftar’s strongholdLotfi Tawfiq, who heads a committee tasked by the Libyan government to search for missing people, made the announcement on Saturday and said the experts had found the dead bodies in five new mass graves, taking the total exhumed in recent months to 112.

Tawfiq said the newly-discovered graves are the latest in a string of grim discoveries in Tarhuna, and that the excavations would continue.

The Tarhuna region, some 80 kilometers southeast of Tripoli, served as the main staging point for Haftar's failed offensive.

Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha said the graves represented "atrocious acts" that cannot go "unpunished.”

The presence of mass graves in Tarhuna was first reported after the withdrawal of Haftar's forces from western Libya in June.

Lotfi Tawfiq, who heads a committee tasked by the Libyan government to search for missing people, made the announcement on Saturday and said the experts had found the dead bodies in five new mass graves, taking the total exhumed in recent months to 112.

Tawfiq said the newly-discovered graves are the latest in a string of grim discoveries in Tarhuna, and that the excavations would continue.

The Tarhuna region, some 80 kilometers southeast of Tripoli, served as the main staging point for Haftar's failed offensive.

Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha said the graves represented "atrocious acts" that cannot go "unpunished.”

The presence of mass graves in Tarhuna was first reported after the withdrawal of Haftar's forces from western Libya in June.

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