The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has cautioned that children in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including Libya, suffer from horrific effects of protracted conflicts, societal violence, explosive ordnance, and remnants of war, in addition to political and social unrest.
In its recent report, the UN organization indicated that the violence in Tripoli led to the death of at least three children in 2022.
The report also dealt with violations that targeted children in other countries, including Palestine, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, and Iran.
In early November, the child Raheel Bani died of an injury he sustained from a landmine explosion in the Ain Zara district, south of Tripoli.
Three years after Khalifa Haftar's offensive on the capital, landmines planted by Haftar’s militias and Russian mercenaries as they fled the southern neighborhoods of Tripoli remain a threat to the residents of these areas.
A report by Human Rights Watch last April confirmed the death of at least 130 people, mostly civilians, due to landmines and unexploded ordnance left over from heavy fighting in 2020.