Nine bodies found in new Libya mass grave: Pro-government forces Jun 30, 2020 0 1083 12345 AFPTripoliNine bodies have been found in another mass grave in the Libyan town of Tarhuna after fighters loyal to eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar withdrew, pro-government forces said Monday.Tarhuna, southeast of Tripoli, served as the main staging point for Haftar’s abortive offensive aimed at seizing the capital from the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA).“Nine bodies were discovered and exhumed on Sunday... at a site suspected of containing mass graves, in the town of Tarhuna,” said a statement posted on Facebook by pro-GNA forces. Government forces earlier this month said they had discovered eight other suspected mass graves, most of them in and around Tarhuna, with the United Nations voicing “horror” at the reports.Monday’s statement said authorities were still searching for other potential mass graves “left by the Al-Kani criminal gangs, a pro-Haftar militia”.Forces loyal to the GNA seized back Tarhuna, Haftar’s last western stronghold, on June 5.The 14 months of fighting for the capital left hundreds dead and forced some 200,000 people to flee their homes.On June 22 the UN’s top rights body ordered a fact-finding mission to Libya to document violations committed since 2016, while an International Criminal Court prosecutor said mass graves discovered there may constitute evidence of war crimes. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Israel’s annexation plans ‘illegal’: UN rights chief Jun 30, 2020 0 235 ‘It’s my dam’: Ethiopians unite around Nile River mega-project Jun 30, 2020 0 234 Iran asks Interpol to help arrest Trump for killing general Jun 30, 2020 0 27 Iran reports daily record of over 160 COVID-19 deaths Tehran Iran on Monday reported over 160 Covid-19-related deaths in 24 hours, a record number and one that has led to serious concern in the Health Ministry. The death toll has now risen to 10,670, with 225,205 infections .. Record number of Syrians going hungry, aid groups warn AFP Beirut Leading aid groups called Monday for increased access and funding for millions of Syrians at risk of starvation, on the eve of a key conference in Brussels. More than nine years into the conflict, the fighting .. Fire in Egypt hospital kills 7 coronavirus patients Cairo A fire at a hospital in Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria on Monday killed seven coronavirus patients, security and medical sources said. Seven other people were injured in the blaze, believed to be caused by a .. Iraq frees 14 pro-Iran fighters held over rocket fire Baghdad More than a dozen pro-Iran fighters arrested in an unprecedented raid by elite Iraqi forces were released Monday and the case against them dropped, their group’s spokesman said. Counter-terrorism forces .. South African state corruption probe resumes after 3 months AFP Johannesburg A South African judicial commission probing state corruption during former president Jacob Zuma’s nine-year tenure resumed hearings on Monday after a three-month interruption casued by the ..