U.N. says all sides in Libya may be committing war crimes

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Posted: Nov 16, 2015 7:45 AM

GENEVA (Reuters) - All sides in Libya's conflict are committing breaches of international law that may amount to war crimes, including abductions, torture and killing of civilians, the United Nations said on Monday.

Islamic State forces have gained and consolidated control over swathes of territory, "committing gross abuses including public summary executions of individuals based on their religion or political allegiance," said the joint report by the U.N. human rights office and U.N. Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

Four years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is locked in a conflict between two rival governments -- an official one in the east, and a self-declared one controlling Tripoli -- and the many armed factions that back them.

(Reporting by Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Andrew Heavens)