Libya - P3 Ambassadorial statement on the killings in Abyar and the airstrikes in Derna (31 October 2017)


Joint Statement by the Ambassadors to Libya of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States

France, the United Kingdom and the United States condemn the October 30 airstrikes on Derna, which killed at least fifteen civilians, including twelve women and children, and injured many. We offer our condolences to the families of the victims, and call for immediate humanitarian access to assist the injured.

We also condemn the extrajudicial killing and gruesome disposition of bodies of 36 men in al-Abyar, where the bodies were discovered on October 26. We note the Libyan National Army’s October 28 announcement of an investigation into the incident. France, the United Kingdom and the United States are monitoring ongoing acts of conflict in Libya closely. Those suspected of committing, ordering, or failing to prevent summary executions and torture on all sides must be fully investigated. We will continue our efforts at the international level to pursue appropriate action against those who are complicit in violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.