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358 civilian casualties in Libya in second 2020 quarter, UNSMIL says

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) reported on Wednesday 358 civilian casualties in Libya from April to June.

Ground fighting was the leading cause of civilian casualties, followed by explosive remnants of war, UNSMIL added in its report.

“The overall increase in civilian casualties was driven by a major escalation of hostilities, despite the calls for a cessation of hostilities by the United Nations and many UN member states,” the UNSMIL said.

UNSMIL renewed its call for all parties in the conflict to immediately halt all military operations, to protect civilians, and allow the authorities to respond to the threat of COVID-19.

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