Displaced esidents of the city of Tawergha have reportedly started proceedings against France in the High Court in Paris, claiming more than 600 million euros in compensation for the country’s role in airstrikes that led to the overthrow of Colonel Gaddafi.
According to a report from Reuters, some 40,000 people forcibly displaced from the city are seeking compensation averaging 15,000 euros per person.
Tawergha, near Misrata, had long been a stronghold of support for Gaddafi, and its residents were accused by rebel fighters from Misrata of committing numerous abuses, including rape.
The lawyer for the Tawerghans, Marcel Ceccaldi, said the airstrikes were a violation of the UN Charter.
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