LIBYA: UN CONDEMNS EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS IN TRIPOLI AS AIRSTRIKE KILLS 10 IN SOUTH

TRIPOLI, UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemned extrajudicial killings that have been on a rise over the past few weeks in Libyan capital Tripoli.

"UNSMIL continues to receive reports of armed groups carrying out extrajudicial killings in Tripoli," and affirms that allegations of offenses and personal disputes "should be judged in a court of law, not by gunmen on the streets," the mission said in a statement.

The mission called on Libyan authorities to take effective measures immediately to "protect all persons from targeted killings, send a strong message that these acts are completely unacceptable and back these messages with objective investigations to identify and hold perpetrators of such crimes accountable."

"Extrajudicial executions are not only acts of extreme cruelty, violating the laws of this country; they also violate International Human Rights and Humanitarian Laws. Those responsible for committing or ordering extrajudicial killings are criminally liable under international law," said the statement.

Meanwhile, an unidentified warplane killed 10 militants near the southern Libyan city of Ghat, a local military source said.

"An unidentified airstrike targeted a convoy of five armed vehicles in the town of Awenat in Ghat, near the Algerian border," the source said.

Local media published images of people inside armed vehicles which are completely burnt in a desert area near Ghat.

"Military forces moved towards the scene. We found five cars completely destroyed in an uninhabited desert area, and counted the remains of 10 burned bodies, likely to be of al-Qaida terrorists," the source added.

The Libyan air force was not responsible for the raid, the source said, stressing that the airstrike is foreign and was likely carried out by a U.S. drone.

The U.S. military has not claimed responsibility for the airstrike so far.

Libya has suffered political division and unrest following the uprising of 2011 that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK