Armed groups in Libya abducting civilians

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A resident of Tayuri stands against a bullet-riddled wall of his house, part of which was destroyed during clashes in Libya. Photo: IRIN/Zahra Moloo

Armed groups across Libya are responsible for abductions of civilians including minors, according to the UN Mission in the country, UNSMIL.

The people who have been abducted are reportedly at risk of torture and other ill-treatment, and are frequently denied any contact with their families.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The UN Mission in Libya warned on Friday that hostage-taking, torture and murder are war crimes.

Some of the civilians abducted by armed groups have died in custody, possibly summarily executed or tortured to death, UNSMIL said.

These abductions have been perpetrated against the backdrop of ongoing fighting, a deepening political crisis, and the spread of the ISIL terrorist and other extremist groups.

UNSMIL said the crimes come just days after the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) presented her latest report to the Security Council on Libya, which highlighted the deteriorating security situation.

Those people who are responsible for committing, ordering or failing to prevent such crimes are criminally liable and could have to appear in front of the ICC.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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