At least 11 unidentified bodies found in Libyan city of Sirte

At least 11 unidentified bodies found in Libyan city of Sirte

At least 11 bodies were discovered in the northern Libyan coastal city of Sirte, and transferred to a local hospital for identification sampling, Libyan authorities said on Friday.

The samples taken at the Ibn Sina Hospital “will be transferred to laboratories in coordination with the Forensic Medicine Department,” the Libyan General Authority for Research and Identification of Missing Persons said in a statement.

“The bodies were properly buried,” the statement added.

Sirte, located some 450 km east of the capital Tripoli, used to be controlled by Islamic State (IS) militants, before they were defeated and expelled from the city in 2016 by the former UN-backed Government of National Accord.

The city of Sirte was mostly destroyed in the fighting, after previously already having been the target of heavy NATO shelling and violent clashes on the ground during the Western invasion of 2011.

Libya has been suffering violence and insecurity since the fall of the Jamahiriya government led by Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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