ADDIS ABEBA – Moussa Faki Mahamat, the African Union Commission’s chairperson, strongly condemned the air strike on a Libya detention center and demanded those responsible for the “horrific crime” be held to account.
At least 44 people were killed and more than 130 wounded in an air strike on a migrant detention center in the Libyan capital Tripoli, according to U.N. mission to the country.
All the victims of the attack are migrants, who took a shelter at the Tajoura Detention Centre.
In a statement, the chairperson described that attack as a “horrific crime” and wants those responsible to be brought to account.
The Chairperson “demands for an independent investigation to be conducted to ensure that those responsible for this horrific crime of innocent civilians, be brought to account”, says Ebba Kalondo, spokesperson to the Chairperson.
Mahamat called for an immediate ceasefire, and for all parties to ensure the protection and safety of all civilians, especially the migrants trapped in detention centers.
U.N. Libya envoy Ghassan Salame also condemned the attack, saying in a statement that the strike “clearly amounts to the level of a war crime”.
Libya is a main departure point for migrants from Africa fleeing poverty and war who are trying to reach Italy by boat, but many get picked up by the Libyan coast guard.