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article imageGaddafi forces accused of massacring detainees

By Christopher Szabo     Aug 29, 2011 in World
Tripoli - Human rights watchdog groups have called on forces loyal to Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi to stop killing captives. At least two massacre sites in Tripoli have been discovered one containing about 50 bodies .
Amnesty International said survivors of a camp in the Khilit al-Ferjan section of Tripoli described what they saw: Hussein al-Lafi (40) told the human rights group:
“I was standing by the door when I spotted two guards. They immediately opened fire, and I saw one of them holding a hand grenade. Seconds later, I heard an explosion, followed by four more. I fell on the ground face down; others fell on top of me and I could feel their warm blood. I couldn’t see anything from the smoke. People were screaming and there were many more rounds of fire.”
He added:
“When the shooting finally stopped, I got up and started looking for my brothers. I first saw Jamal’s [44, body. He was dead. Then, I found Osama [31], who was still speaking. He didn’t make it; he was shot in the heart and had other wounds on his leg. My brother Mohamed [52] didn’t die immediately either. I tried to stop the bleeding from his thigh, but didn’t succeed. I then escaped with three more people through the back of the hangar. I have no idea what happened to the bodies of my brothers.”
Amnesty said more than 20 people had been killed at the place.
The report also said five people detained by the loyalists were killed at Qasr Ben Ghashir.
A report by the National Post said reporters had found the skulls of about 50 people in the suburb of Salaheddin in the capital. Human Rights Watch (HRW’s) Sarah Leah Whitson, said:
“Sadly this is not the first gruesome report of what appears to be the summary execution of detainees in the final days of the Gaddafi government’s control of Tripoli.”
She added:
“These merciless murders took place in the midst of Ramadan and those responsible should be brought to justice and punished.”
The pattern of the alleged massacres seems to be a unit of Gaddafi’s army detains civilians, and then massacres some of them when it comes under fire from rebels.
Mahmoud Djibril, one of the interim leaders of the Transitional National Council went on television Sunday to call on rebel fighters not to take revenge. However, it is unclear whether this call will be heeded.
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