UN strongly condemns airstrike on Equestrian Club in western Libya
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said it was appalled by an airstrike conducted by "General Haftar’s forces", targeting the Equestrian Club in Tripoli’s Janzour neighbourhood.
This statement marked the first time the UNSMIL uses "Haftar's forces" instead of "LNA" and calls Khalifa Haftar a "General" instead of "Field Marshal", a rank given to him by Tobruk-based House of Representatives.
"The airstrike, which took place today in the afternoon, reportedly injured a number of innocent children and caused damage to the Club’s facilities." UNSMIL said
UNSMIL added that it had dispatched an assessment mission to identify the targeted site and the nature of the attack.
"The assessment mission was able to confirm that a fighter jet dropped four unguided bombs on the Equestrian Club, a civilian facility, and that neither military assets nor military infrastructure were observed at the targeted site." It remarked.
UNSMIL reiterated that it condemns in the strongest possible terms this horrific attack and reiterates that attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructures constitute a grave violation of international humanitarian and human rights law and may constitute a war crime.
"The mission will share the information and evidence gathered during today's assessment mission with the Security Council, the Panel of Experts and other relevant international entities." UNSMIL indicated.
Meanwhile, the spokesman for the emergency and ambulance apparatus, Osama Ali, has announced that six injuries, majorly children, were caused by the airstrike on the Equestrian Club, while other sources said several horses were killed.