Protection of civilians is a priority in Libya, says OHCHR

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A memorial in Misrata for some of the thousands killed during the 2011 Libyan civil war. Photo: IRIN/Heba Aly

All armed groups fighting in Libya need to ensure that the protection of civilians is a priority, according to the UN Human Right Office (OHCHR).

Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN human rights office, says attacks are taking place in densely populated residential areas while necessary precautions are not in place to protect civilians.

A new UN report released on Thursday warns that serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law are taking place in the Libyan cities of Tripoli and Benghazi.

Patrick Maigua asked Ms Shamdasani about the situation in these two cities.

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