Moussa Faki Mahamat, the African Union Commission’s chairperson, has called for “an independent investigation” into an air strike on a Libya detention centre that killed to 40 migrants, according to government officials.
In a statement, the chairperson described that attack as a “horrific crime” and wants those responsible to be brought to account.
Mr Mahamat called for an immediate ceasefire, and for all parties to ensure the protection and safety of all civilians, especially the migrants trapped in detention centres.
Some 120 migrants were inside a hangar at the Tajoura Detention Centre which took a direct hit on Tuesday evening, emergency services spokesman Osama Ali told AFP news agency.
Overall, Tajoura is believed to house some 600 migrants.