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HRW: Landmines in Libya capital killed 130 in 2020
At least 130 people, mostly civilians, have been killed by landmines and other explosives left over from heavy fighting in 2020, when warlord Khalifa Haftar’s forces attempted to seize the capital, Tripoli, backed by foreign fighters belonging to the Russia-linked Wagner group, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.
The injuries included severe burns, which led to the amputation of the limbs of some of the wounded, HRW added, calling on the Libyan government and its international backers to intensify efforts to clear mines and unexploded ordnance around the capital.
While relief organizations monitored the ages of the victims ranged between four and 70 years, including 299 males and 26 females, in addition to 78 people were not able to return to work.