At least 18 civilians were killed and 27 others injured after a drone struck a biscuit factory in near the Libyan capital Tripoli on November 18, the Human Rights Watch said in a statement.
In a report released on Wednesday, the rights group said the attack was carried out by UAE forces. The group blamed the UAE for taking little or no action to minimize civilian casualties.
HRW has since called on Emirati authorities to conduct an investigation into the incident.
.”All causalities in the November incident were civilian factory workers, including seven Libyans and 28 foreign nationals, all of them men.” HRW said.
“The failure to verify that the workers there were civilians and that there was no legitimate military target would show recklessness and bad intelligence,” Eric Goldstein, the acting Middle East and North Africa director at HRW said.
The country has been mired in conflict since 2011 after the overthrow of Muammar Gadaffi. In April 2019, LNA commander Khalifa Haftar – who controls much of eastern Libya – launched an offensive to seize Tripoli.