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A total of 12 unidentified bodies were found in the city of Tarhuna, some 90 km south of capital Tripoli, a local official told Xinhua.

Abdul-Aziz Jafri, spokesman of the General Authority for Research and Identification of Missing Persons, said that the bodies were found from four newly discovered mass graves in the city.

The total number of unidentified bodies recovered from Tarhuna since the beginning of the search in June hit 98, Jafri said. The UN-backed government’s forces accuse the rival eastern-based army of committing mass killings in Tarhuna.

The two sides were engaged in a deadly armed conflict for more than a year in and around Tripoli, which ended recently with the UN-backed government announcing taking over all of western Libya after withdrawal of the eastern-based army. Tarhuna was once the eastern-based army’s main military operation center.

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