89 civilian casualties reported from hostilities in Libya in November, UN mission says
UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- The UN Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) reported 89 civilian casualties in the north African country in its human rights report for the month of November, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said here Thursday.
The new report documented 89 civilian casualties, including 38 deaths and 51 injuries, during the conduct of hostilities across Libya, Dujarric said at a daily news briefing here.
Victims included eight children killed and 16 injured, he said.
"The majority of civilian deaths were caused by air strikes, while the next leading cause of death was gun shots, followed by shelling and vehicle-borne improvised explosive," the spokesman added.
Libya, a major oil producer in North Africa, has been witnessing a frayed political process after former leader Muammar Gaddafi was toppled during the 2011 political turmoil, as two rival parliaments and several groups have been fighting for control of national resource wealth.[ Editor: meng ]