Libya: UN mission strongly condemns deadly bombing in Benghazi

13 May 2013

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) strongly condemned the bombing that took place today near a hospital in the city of Benghazi and resulted in a number of deaths, including children, as well as injuries.

In a news release issued in Tripoli, the Mission expressed its sincerest condolences to the families of the victims, and wished those injured a speedy recovery.

“UNSMIL calls upon all Libyans during this critical phase to stand in solidarity against all attempts of destructions, terrorism, and destabilization of Libya,” it stated.

“The Mission also underscores the need to support the legitimate authority of the State and enable it to shoulder its responsibilities in ensuring the safety and security of all citizens across Libya.”

Reports vary on the number of casualties caused by the car bomb explosion, which is the latest in a string of attacks in the city in recent days.

UNSMIL reiterated its commitment to support the efforts of the Libyan Government and people to ensure the success of the democratic transition process, which has been under way since the toppling of Muammar al-Qadhafi two years ago.

The former leader ruled the North African country for more than 40 years until a pro-democracy uprising in 2011 – similar to the protests in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa – led to civil war and the end of his regime.

Briefing the Security Council in March, the head of UNSMIL, Tarek Mitri said that despite the fact that the Libyan people have come a long way since the liberation of the country, the security problem remains “formidable,” and is arguably the predominant concern for most Libyans.

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