Libya: attack in Tripoli, at least 5 dead, dozens wounded

Missiles hit 50m from Italian diplomatic residence

08 May, 18:32

    The Italian embassy in Tripoli, Libya The Italian embassy in Tripoli, Libya

    ROME - At least five people were killed and dozens wounded in an attack launched late Thursday evening by forces of Libyan general Khalifa Haftar in Tripoli, in the area around the residence of the Italian ambassador to Libya, Giuseppe Buccino Grimaldi, according to international media citing a government source.

    The Libyan health ministry's media consultant, Amin al-Hachimi, said at least three people were killed in the attack and another four were wounded, according to Turkish news agency Anadolu.

    "The strike by Haftar's militia in the area of Zawiyat al-Dahmani has thus far caused three deaths and four wounded," Hachimi said.

    He highlighted that among the victims were two security officers belonging to the Libyan interior ministry, another security official was seriously wounded, as was a volunteer with the Libyan Red Crescent.

    The Italian foreign ministry called the "indiscriminate" attacks "totally unacceptable".

    "They denote contempt for the norms of international law and for human life," it said.

    Missiles hit 50m from Italian diplomatic residence

    Ashraf Shah, a senior member of the government of Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, told ANSA in a statement that in the attack by Libyan general Khalifa Haftar's forces on Tripoli on Thursday night, "a Grad missile fell about 50 metres from the Italian (diplomatic) residence, causing the death of two passersby".

    "Another Grad fell in front of the Turkish embassy, two other rockets on the port, and one between the foreign ministry and the Supreme Court," said Shah, a former political advisor to the presidency of the High Council of State.

    According to media, residents cited by the website Al Wasat said "two rockets hit last night in the area of Zawiyat al-Dahmani, the location of radio offices, the foreign ministry, the Al Mahary hotel, the Turkish embassy and the residence of the Italian ambassador".

    A local source added, "four of the different rockets launched by the Libyan National Army led by General Haftar hit the Supreme Court building, next to the Turkish Embassy in Tripoli".

    Mustafa al-Majai, media centre spokesman for the Tripoli government's "Operation Volcano of Rage", told Anadolu news agency that other rockets hit the area around Mitiga international airport and the port, without any victims.

    On Twitter, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Libya tweeted, "Tonight, IOM staff who were at Tripoli main port awaiting the disembarkation of roughly 25 migrants, had to evacuate the location as it came under shelling. The migrants remain on the coast guard vessel".

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