The Libyan Antiquities Authority (LAA) has condemned the destruction of Sabha's historic castle after its walls were severely damaged by missiles during the clashes in the city.

The LAA noted in a press statement that it was unable to determine the damage because of the ongoing fighting in the area.

The statement called all parties to spare this historic premise the scourge of wars, stressing that the incident is an alarming sign that a dark period is on our doorstep.

"Those who do not wish us well are seeking to obliterate Libyan history and civilization," it added.

The LAA stressed that it will continue to demand the establishment of a law that promotes and protects the cultural heritage in Libya, which forms an essential factor in human development.