Libyan security sources confirmed the presence of about 400 missing from the city of Tarhuna (80 kilometers southeast of Tripoli), including women and children, who are believed to have been killed as a result of torture at the hands of the “Al-Kani” militia supported by retired Major General Khalifa Haftar before the Government of National Accord forces took control of The city last June.
At least 44 mass graves were found in the city, which Haftar loyalists had controlled for several years. This raised the number of bodies that have been recovered so far to about 130 bodies. The identity of a small number of their owners has been identified, and some of those who have been identified have become known recently.
Since Haftar’s forces were expelled from Tarhuna, the General Authority for Search and Identification of Missing Persons in Libya has received 330 reports about people missing in the city.
The victims were killed in conditions that identical Libyan sources and local and international organizations described as appalling, and the methods of killing varied between shooting and torture to death, while some were buried alive.
The Government of National Accord had repeatedly called on the international community to hold those responsible for these crimes accountable, while the United Nations described what happened in Tarhouna as amounting to war crimes that require legal accountability.