TRIPOLI (Libya): The United Nations’ Security Council failed to condemn the air raid on refugees centre in Libya’s capital Tripoli that killed over 44 people.
The brazen attack has stirred a global outrage.
Earlier, the United Nations envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, condemned the air raid saying it “clearly could constitute a war crime”.
The attack in the early hours of Wednesday intensified concerns about the European Union’s policy of teaming up with Libyan militias to block refugees and migrants from crossing the Mediterranean Sea, which often leaves them at the mercy of brutal traffickers, or stranded in horrible conditions inside squalid detention centres near the front lines.
It could also lead to greater pressure on renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar, whose forces launched an offensive to seize the capital in April.
The Tripoli-based UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) blamed pro-Haftar forces of carrying out the attack on the detention camp.
According to the UN Support Mission in Libya, the air raid killed at least 44 people and wounded more than 130.
“The absurdity of this ongoing war today has led this odious bloody carnage to its most hideous and most tragic consequences,” it said in a statement.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an independent investigation of the “outrageous” bombing.
His spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the secretary-general condemns “this horrendous incident in the strongest terms” and wants to ensure the perpetrators of the attack are brought to justice.
The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting behind closed doors but it failed to condemn the deadly attack.