3 bodies recovered from mass graves in Libya’s Tarhuna

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TARHUNAH, LIBYA - NOVEMBER 07: Officials of Search and Identification of Missing Persons conduct excavation work at a mass grave in Tarhunah, Libya on November 07, 2020. The number reached 17 with 3 bodies exhumed today in the newly discovered mass grave. Since 9th of June, 112 bodies were found from more than 20 mass graves. At first, eight mass graves were found in Tarhunah, which was captured from the militia affiliated with the warlord Khalifa Haftar's armed forces, by the army of Libyan Government of National Accord. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
TARHUNAH, LIBYA – NOVEMBER 07: Officials of Search and Identification of Missing Persons conduct excavation work at a mass grave in Tarhunah, Libya on November 07, 2020. The number reached 17 with 3 bodies exhumed today in the newly discovered mass grave. Since 9th of June, 112 bodies were found from more than 20 mass graves. At first, eight mass graves were found in Tarhunah, which was captured from the militia affiliated with the warlord Khalifa Haftar’s armed forces, by the army of Libyan Government of National Accord. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Libyan authorities have said that three unidentified bodies were recovered from mass graves in the city of Tarhuna, some 90 kilometers south of the capital Tripoli.

The General Authority for Research and Identification of Missing Persons said in a statement that the bodies were recovered from two mass graves in the city.

The total number of bodies recovered in Tarhuna since Thursday is now 17, as the authorities on Thursday said that 14 unidentified bodies were recovered from the mass graves.

The UN-backed government’s forces accuse the rival eastern-based army of committing mass killings in Tarhuna.

The two sides had been engaged in a deadly armed conflict for more than a year in and around Tripoli, which ended recently with the UN-backed government taking over all of western Libya after the withdrawal of the eastern-based army.

Tarhuna was once the eastern-based army’s main military operation center.

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