Libya crisis

Libyan conflict: Suspected war crimes shared online

Libyan conflict: Suspected war crimes shared online
A Newsnight / BBC Arabic investigation into the conflict in Libya has uncovered evidence of suspected war crimes being widely shared on Facebook and YouTube.

Our investigation has also identified some of those suspected of committing these crimes. 
Dozens of images and videos on social media platforms show the mutilation of bodies by men loyal to the Libyan National Army - led by General Haftar - who is currently attempting to take the Libyan capital, Tripoli. 

The mutilation and desecration of bodies is prohibited under international humanitarian law and can be prosecuted as a war crime.  

A warning: this investigation contains extremely shocking images right from the start.

Thousands of migrants caught in Tripoli battle

BBC World Service

Fighters loyal to the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) get into position during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli"s suburb of Ain Zara, on April 25, 2019.
The battle was being fought out in Tripoli's suburbs this week

The United Nations says nearly 2,000 migrants in Libya are in urgent need of evacuation from detention centres because of fighting around the capital, Tripoli.

Vincent Cochetel from the UN refugee agency described them as innocent civilians who had been caught in the crossfire.

Video footage appears to show a large number of migrants at one centre coming under attack.

Forces loyal to the eastern Libyan militia leader, Khalifa Haftar, launched an offensive on Tripoli at the start of the month.

Libya crisis: What's life like for residents in Tripoli?

A resident in Libya's capital talks to us about how he's a coping
Heavy fighting and airstrikes continue in the Libyan capital Tripoli. Eastern commander, General Khalifa Haftar, launched an offensive to try to seize the city from the UN-recognized government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj three weeks ago. More than 200 people have been killed since fighting began and the situation remains volatile for people living in the city. Newsday's Christophe Farah spoke to a resident. 

(Photo: A man looks at damaged vehicles at the scene of an overnight rocket attack in Tripoli Credit: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)
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