Violence in Libya kills 433 in 2017: report


TRIPOLI, Jan. 1 – Violence has killed 433 people in Libya in 2017, Libya’s National Human Rights Commission revealed on Monday.

The 433 people included 79 children and 10 women, the commission said in an annual report.

Altogether 201 extrajudicial killings took place in different parts of the country, particularly by armed groups, the report said.

Moreover, 157 civilians were killed by landmines and in Benghazi, Sirte and Derna, it added.

The commission confirmed that 143 people were arbitrarily arrested and 186 others were kidnapped during the same period.

The report also documented 34 cases of illegal detention, torture and threats against journalists and human rights activists.

It also included 15 attacks on health facilities in several Libyan cities, which threatened lives of doctors and patients of the fragile health care system.

There are 3.5 million people in Libya suffer poor living conditions, the report added, saying that almost 400,000 people are internally displaces.

Political division, poor economic conditions and escalating violence are adding up to the crisis in the country, the report explained.

Libya has been suffering a security vacuum since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011. The North African nation is plagued with chaos and political division.

(Copyright Xinhua via National News Agency, 2018)