Authorities identify two remains recovered from mass graves

Authorities identify two remains recovered from mass graves

October 12, 2022 - 14:19
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The General Authority for Search and Identification of Missing Persons has revealed the identity of two bodies belonging to victims buried in mass graves by Khalifa Haftar's forces during the recent war in 2019-2020.

Formal identification has taken place after meeting with the relevant committee concerned with the DNA results and it's head Kamal Al-Siwi, the authority confirmed on Tuesday.

"The permanent committee for reviewing the DNA tests reviewed several cases of missing persons and looked into the initial reports of forensic medicine and audits before comparing them with the DNA results obtained from the relative laboratories."

Following the procedures, two new cases were identified, bringing the number of solved cases to more than 160.

The authority indicated that it would send its reports to the Attorney General's Office.

In an earlier statement, Al-Siwi said that team works collected 14,000 specimens from families of victims from across Libyan cities, noting that those registered officially amount to (3560), including 350 from Tarhuna.

The city, located some 65 km southeast of Tripoli, was being used as a launchpad for Haftar's offensive on the western region in 2019 before his assault collapsed and the militias fled east.

When forces loyal to the internationally recognized government based in Tripoli captured Tarhuna in May 2020, horror stories began to unfold.

Residents recounted scores of disappearances, murders, human rights abuses, mass graves, and detention facilities with evidence of torture at the hands of the Kaniyat militia that took sides with Haftar in his war to take over the capital.

Many of the corpses discovered in the mass graves have shown evidence of torture, while some have been burnt and others buried alive, including women and children.