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9 Killed and 20 Injured in City of Houn

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff)

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On Wednesday, forces loyal to the eastern parliament accused the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) air force of carrying out an airstrike which killed nine people and injured 20 in the coastal city of Houn.

The GNA refuted the accusation, saying it did not send jets to Houn.

An eyewitness reports to have seen unidentified warplanes flying near Houn on Tuesday.

A spokesperson from General Khalifa Haftar’s militia said Misrata sent warplanes to hit a brigade in the area but ended up firing at civilians instead.

Mohamed Gonono, a spokesperson from the Libyan air force based in Misrata, refutes the eastern militia’s allegations, saying their warplanes only conduct observation missions in the region.

“Our air force did not reach that area. We only conducted reconnaissance in the coastal region,” said Gonono.

The airstrikes hit civilians that were at thermal springs in the southern area of Houn, said eyewitnesses.

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