United Nations Special Envoy for Libya Ghassan Salame condemned in the strongest possible terms the explosion that occurred in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Saturday, resulting in a number of civilian casualties, including UN staff.
In a statement published on the official website of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Salame announced the death of two UN staff members and the injury of several others in the attack. He extended his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded.
This attack will not discourage us, nor will it prevent us from carrying on with our duties to bring about peace, stability and prosperity to Libya and its people, the UN envoy stressed, reminding the parties about their commitment to the terms of the Eid alAdha truce.
The explosion was also strongly condemned by the Arab League in a separate statement issued in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Sunday.
SecretaryGeneral of the Arab League Ahmed AboulGheit called on all parties to respect international humanitarian laws, especially during Eid alAdha. He added that to achieve permanent peace in Libya, all parties involved in the Libyan conflict should follow international humanitarian law and abide by agreements to protect civilians.
The explosion in Benghazi took place in front of a shopping mall and bank, where at least one burnedout UN vehicle could be seen at the scene.
Source: International Islamic News Agency