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Rocket attacks kill 6 in Libya’s Tripoli

On the evening of April 16th 2019, rockets hit areas across Tripoli, Libya, leaving at least six dead and 35 injured.

The Abu Salim neighbourhood was particularly impacted by the bombardment and it was the Abu Salim local council which provided the casualty toll from the attacks. Other impacted districts include Algrarat and Salahuddin.

Khalifa Haftar’s forces, who have recently launched a military campaign to capture Tripoli, were accused of carrying out the attack.

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records casualties (i.e. people killed and injured) from explosive violence around the world as reported in English-language news sources.

In 2018, Libya saw a return to higher levels of explosive violence. AOAV recorded 42 incidents of explosive violence in Libya in 2018, which resulted in 465 casualties. Of these, 84% (392) were civilians. This amounts to a 140% increase from that seen in 2017, when 163 civilian casualties were recorded.

Whilst most (81%) civilian casualties recorded were due to improvised explosive devices (IEDs), predominantly used by ISIS, shelling and airstrikes by the divided Libyan forces contributed not only to the civilian casualties from explosive violence but also to the instability that allows ISIS presence to grow.

AOAV condemns the use of violence against civilians and the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. AOAV encourages all armed actors to stop using explosive weapons with wide-area affects where there is likely to be a high concentration of civilians.