Amnesty accuses Libyan National Army of committing war crimes


Amnesty International has found evidence that indicates that the Libyan National Army (LNA) has committed war crimes.

The human rights organisation has announced the emergence of videos in which LNA personnel were seen carrying out execution-style killings of captured fighters from the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries (SCBR) in the Ganfouda area of Benghazi.

In the first of two videos, an LNA fighter is reportedly seen shooting three captured SCBR fighters with what appears to be a Kalashnikov-type assault rifle.

In the second video, a group of LNA fighters taunt, humiliate and drag a captured fighter along the ground before shooting him dead, Amnesty stated.

“The deplorable conduct of members of the Libyan National Army in these videos violates international humanitarian law and amounts to a war crime."

The videos have been circulating on social media and were verified by Amnesty International.

Amnesty International North Africa research director Heba Morayef said: “The deplorable conduct of members of the Libyan National Army in these videos, which show the fatal shooting of defenceless captives, violates international humanitarian law and amounts to a war crime.”

The LNA has launched an investigation into the ongoing war crime incidents.

A LNA spokesperson said that the individuals responsible for the killings had been arrested and would be investigated.

Morayef added: “A credible, independent and impartial investigation into these incidents is vital to send a clear message to those who commit or order horrendous crimes that they are not above the law and will not go unpunished.”

In July 2016, the bodies of 14 men were found dumped in the al-Laithi region of Benghazi after they were recaptured by the LNA.