According to some reports, mass graves have been discovered in the Libyan town of Tarhuna. Government troops recently take control of the area after the withdrawal of forces loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar

Iran PressAfrica: The United Nations mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Thursday voiced "horror" over recent reports of eight mass graves discovered in and around the town of Tarhuna, reported by Deutsche Welle.

"International law requires that the authorities conduct prompt, effective, and transparent investigations," said the UN mission.

The graves were found after the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) retook control of Tarhuna when military general-turned-warlord Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) withdrew from the region.

About 160 bodies found were transferred from Tarhuna's public hospital to Tripoli and Misrata, the director of Tarhuna's hospital told news agency AFP. However, the GNA has not yet reported the official number of bodies found. 

The GNA said the Justice Ministry had set up a committee to investigate the graves and identify victims.

Khalifa Haftar's forces last year launched an offensive to capture the capital city of Tripoli. Though he failed to conquer the entire city, he managed to take control of the Tripoli airport. Haftar is backed by Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. The conflict has left hundreds dead and forced 200,000 to flee their homes.

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