5 unidentified bodies discovered in massive graves in Libya’s Tarhuna

Five unidentified bodies have been recovered from two mass graves in the Libyan city of Tarhuna, the UN-backed government’s Ministry of Justice said Tuesday.

The research team of a committee for searching mass graves found five bodies inside the two mass graves in Mashroo Al-Rabt area in Tarhuna, the ministry said in a statement.

Three bodies were found in one mass grave and the remaining two in another grave. Each body was blindfolded and buried clothed, it said.

The bodies were referred to the forensic department at the Judicial Center for anatomical tests, it added.

On Sunday, Libyan authorities announced recovering nine unidentified bodies from mass graves in Tarhuna.

Fatou Bensouda, an International Criminal Court prosecutor, recently expressed concern over the reports about multiple mass graves found in Tarhuna and its surroundings.

“My Office has received credible information regarding 11 alleged mass graves containing men, women and children. These findings may constitute evidence of war crimes or crimes against humanity,” Bensouda said in a statement.

The eastern-based army in western Libya and the UN-backed government of Libya had fought with each other in and around the capital Tripoli for over a year, which ended recently with the UN-backed government taking over all of western Libya after the withdrawal of the eastern-based army.

Tarhuna, which is located some 90 km south of Tripoli, used to be the main military operation center for the eastern-based army before the UN-backed government took control of it.