Libyan militia blocks roads in the city of Misrata. ANA/Mel Frykberg

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At least 40 civilians killed in Libya during September

JOHANNESBURG, October 5 – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has documented 40 civilian casualties –18 deaths and 22 injuries – during the conduct of hostilities across Libya during the month of September.

Victims included 14 men and four boys killed. At least nine men, five women, one boy and one girl were injured.

The actual number of civilian casualties is believed to be higher, the Libya Herald reported.

UNSMIL is continuing to seek confirmation of additional civilians killed during the ongoing bloody clashes between warring militias in the North African country, specifically the capital Tripoli as they fight for control of territory and resources.

The majority of civilian casualties were caused by shelling (eight killed and 16 injured), followed by gunfire (eight killed) and explosive remnants of war (ERW, one killed). The exact cause of one death and six other injuries was not determined.

UNSMIL documented civilian casualties in Tripoli (16 killed and 22 injured), Benghazi (one killed) and Warshafana (one killed). Another 57 fighters died during the Tripoli fighting, while the civilian status of a further 12 fatalities could not be ascertained.

Seven additional casualties were documented from other possible violations of international humanitarian law and violations or abuses of human rights in Derna, Benghazi, Sabha and al-Zawiya. (ANA)

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