UN voices concern over continued violence in Libya's Murzuq
TRIPOLI, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Monday expressed concern over continued violence and airstrikes in the country's southern city of Murzuq.
"The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is extremely concerned by reports on the continuation of acts of violence in Murzuq, including of a number of airstrikes last night which resulted in many deaths and injuries amongst civilians," the mission said in a statement.
"UNSMIL also expresses grave concern over the ongoing communal violence in Murzuq, which has in the past few days led to the deaths of around 20 people and injuries of many others," the statement said, calling for restraint, dialogue and peaceful solutions to address differences in this region.
"UNSMIL reiterates its call for a truce to begin on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha," the statement added.
An airstrike killed more than 40 people and injured more than 500 others in Murzuq later Sunday, a local official told Xinhua Monday.
The UN-backed government condemned the attack, calling on UNSMIL and the international community to "assume their responsibility and investigate the crimes committed by the militias (army) in Murzuq."
Since early April, there has been intense fighting between the government and the east-based rebel army, which is trying to take over the capital Tripoli and overthrow the government.
The fighting so far has killed more than 1,000 people, injured more than 5,700 others, and forced more than 120,000 people to flee their homes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).