An airstrike in a detention center for refugees and migrants in Libya's capital Tripoli claimed at least 40 people were killed, according to health and emergency officials.
Malek Mersek, a spokesman for the state According to the emergency services, 80 more people were injured in the attack late Tuesday.
The center, which is located next to a military camp in the eastern suburb of Tajoura, houses more than 600 people. In the part that was hit were around 150 male refugees and migrants from African countries such as Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia.
The United Nations-approved Government of the National Agreement (GNA) blamed the raid on the forces of the Libyan renegade General Khalifa Haftar, whose self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) for three months was about the capture of Tripoli fights .
"According to the Luftwaffe commander of Haftar's Li, this crime was committed by a national army, Muhammad al-Manfour, and therefore it is he who bears his legal and moral responsibility," Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha said on Monday on the radio. Wasat is being strengthened because the "traditional means" for the "liberation of Tripoli" were exhausted and the residents were asked to stay away from the so-called "confrontation areas".
Al Jazeeras Mahmoud Abdelwahed reported on the scene after the airstrike when rescue workers searched for survivors to bring the injured to medical centers.
"It's very tragic here, corpses are still under the rubble," he said. =
"This is not the first time that Haftar forces have attacked the center, but it attacked in April when Haftar's forces began their campaign to conquer Tripoli" Al Jazeeras Abdelwahed .
"Military sources in the government say Haftars Armed forces commit war crimes by targeting civilians and residential areas."
Images published by Libyan officials showed African migrants who underwent surgery after surgery in a hospital.
Libya is an important starting point for migrants from Africa and Arab countries who want to travel to Italy by boat, but many are being picked up by the Libyan Coast Guard with the support of the European Union.
Thousands are being held in government-run prisons under human rights conditions.
Tajoura, east of Tripoli's center, is home to several military camps of forces allied with Tripoli-based GNA.
The LNA, which controls much of eastern and southern Libya, denied that it had hit the detention center and stated that militia allied with Tripoli had bombarded it after a precise LNA air raid on a camp.
The LNA has failed to take Tripoli in three months of fighting and last week lost its main strike base in Garyan, which was retaken by the Tripoli forces.
"Haftar forces intensified air strikes after losing the strategic city of Garyan last week", Abdelwahed .
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said it was "extremely worried" about reports of the attack on the Migration Center.
"The UNHCR is extremely concerned about the news of air strikes on the Tajoura detention center east of Tripoli and reports of deceased refugees and migrants," tweeted it. "Civilians should never be a target."
According to the UN mission in Libya, some 3,500 migrants and refugees are in jail near the combat zone.
Libya has been afflicted by chaos since 2011 Leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed during the uprising in the Arab Spring.
Al Jazeera and news agencies