Libyan authorities on Tuesday announced recovering nine unidentified bodies from newly discovered mass graves in the city of Tarhuna, some 90 km south of capital Tripoli.

The General Authority for Research and Identification of Missing Persons said it started working on two mass graves discovered on Monday in Tarhuna, adding that recovery of bodies continues.

The UN-backed government’s forces accuse the rival eastern-based army of committing mass killings in Tarhuna.

The two sides were engaged in a deadly armed conflict for more than a year in and around Tripoli, which ended recently with the UN-backed government announcing taking over all of western Libya after withdrawal of the eastern-based army.

Tarhuna was once the eastern-based army’s main military operations center. Source: Xinhua