Libya: New Wave of Attacks Against Sufi Sites - News Summed Up

Libya: New Wave of Attacks Against Sufi Sites


(Beirut) – Sufi religious sites are under assault in Libya, with two mosques in Tripoli heavily damaged by unidentified forces over the past two months, Human Rights Watch said today. Sufi religious sites are under assault in Libya, with two mosques in Tripoli heavily damaged by unidentified forces over the past two months, Human Rights Watch said today. On November 28, 2017, unidentified assailants set fire to Zawiyat Sheikha Radiya, a historic Sufi mosque in Tripoli, heavily damaging it. “The unpunished attacks on Sufi mosques are endangering one of Libya’s historic minority communities.”Since 2011, armed groups across Libya, motivated by religious ideology, have attacked and destroyed dozens of Sufi religious sites, including mosques, shrines, tombs, and libraries containing ancient scriptures. The UN special mandate holders for freedom of religion, cultural rights and minority issues in 2012 condemned the destruction of Sufi religious and historic sites in Libya.


Source: Libya Today December 07, 2017 09:00 UTC


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