By Sami Zaptia.
London, 28 October 2020:
Four new graves, two of which were described as ‘‘collective’’ and two as ‘‘individual’’, were discovered in the Rabt Project area of the city of Tarhuna, The General Authority for the Search and Identification of Missing Persons reported yesterday. It said 12 unidentified bodies were recovered in the four sites.
On 18 October, the Authority had announced the discovery of five mass graves with 12 unidentified bodies also in the Rabt project area in Tarhuna. On 12 October it had announced the discovery of another three mass graves located close to each other in the same location with eight remains.
The Authority, part of the Ministry of Justice of Libya’s internationally recognized government in Tripoli, is charged by it to investigate missing persons. In July it had reported that 226 bodies and a number of remains were recovered in Tarhuna and areas south of Tripoli, during the period from June 5 to 16 July.
It will be recalled that during the war on Tripoli, Tarhuna was under the control of the Kani brother, a family militia that ruled Tarhuna while reportedly violently suppressing other militias. On and off, during Khalifa Hafter’s war on Tripoli, the Kani brothers were aligned to Khalifa Hafter.
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