15 unidentified bodies found in mass graves in Libya

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  • Thursday, 01 Sep 2022

TRIPOLI, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- The Libyan authorities on Wednesday announced the recovery of 15 unidentified bodies from two mass graves in the city of Sirte, some 450 km east of the capital Tripoli.

"Field team of the Remains Search Department recovered 15 bodies of unknown identities in the yard of Ibn Sina university hospital in Sirte," said the General Authority for Research and Identification of Missing Persons in a statement.

One mass grave contained seven bodies while the other contained eight, it said, adding their DNA samples would be compared with those of the relatives of the registered missing.

In April, the Authority announced recovering 11 unidentified bodies from a mass grave in Sirte, which used to be an Islamic State stronghold before they were expelled from the city in 2016 by the former UN-backed Government of National Accord.

Libya has been suffering political instability and chaos ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011.

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