Libya attack: At least 40 killed in airstrike on migrant detention centre in Tripoli

At least 40 people have been killed after an air strike hit a migrant detention centre in the Libyan capital.

The air strike targeting the facility in Tripoli’s Tajoura neighbourhood also wounded 80 migrants, said Malek Merset, a health official in the country’s UN-supported government.

The Tripoli-based government blamed the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Khalifa Hifter, for the air strike and called for the UN to investigate.

A spokesman for Hifter’s forces did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Local media reported the LNA had launched air strikes against a militia camp near the detention centre.

The LNA launched an offensive against the government in April.

Hifter’s forces control much of the country’s east and south but were dealt a significant blow last week when militias allied with the government reclaimed the strategic town of Gharyan, about 62 miles from the capital.

Gharyan had been a key supply route for the LNA forces.

The fighting for Tripoli has threatened to plunge Libya into another bout of violence on the scale of the 2011 conflict that ousted longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi and led to his death.