The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya has expressed deep concern over the continued suffering of the people of the city of Derna, due to the blockade imposed on the city.

The NCHR confirmed in a statement on Thursday that the systematic starvation and deprivation of the residents of the city for almost six months from food, medical supplies and basic needs is a crime against humanity and a violation of international humanitarian law, in particular the fourth Geneva convention.

It also noted that Article 54/1 and 2 of the First Protocol Added to the Geneva Conventions denied the use of starvation as a method of warfare and that the destruction of foodstuffs, agricultural areas and drinking water facilities is denied.

The Geneva Convention Committee drawn up in 1949 clearly states that civilian populations and individuals should enjoy general protection against dangers arising from wars.

Derna has been suffering a blockade from forces loyal to renegade General Khalifa Haftar after successfully fighting and removing ISIS from their city over a year ago.