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Dozens of bodies being found in Sirte

2011-10-29 12:20

Sirte - Volunteers are still finding dozens of bodies in Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte that fell on October 20, including of Libyan civilians killed in a suspected Nato air strike.

Twenty-six unmarked makeshift graves covered by breeze-blocks were discovered at a water treatment plant in Number Two district where pro-Gaddafi fighters put up a final stand after several weeks of heavy bombardment.

As a pungent odour filled the air due to the bodies' state of decomposition, the shallow graves in the sand were found scattered amidst the plant's devastated buildings, an AFP correspondent on the spot said.

According to Ibrahim Suleiman, one of the volunteers collecting bodies in Sirte over the past week, they were of pro-Gaddafi fighters hastily buried by comrades as new regime forces closed in on the city.

In the centre, at the crossroads of Dubai and September 1 streets, Libyan charity Jabal al-Akhdar told AFP more than 50 bodies of civilians were found under the rubble of a several-storey building flattened in a Nato air strike.

"There are more than 50 civilians under the rubble, of women, of children. It's horrible. We can't get access. It would take bulldozers," said a teary-eyed member of the charity, Mohammed Muftah.

Local residents backed up the account of an air strike that left behind a huge crater of the type that could not have been left by weapons used by Gaddafi's fighters or their foes in the National Transitional Council.

Comments
  • Johan - 2011-10-29 12:49

    Hulle bloed is op US en NATO se hande!!!

  • Donder - 2011-10-29 12:50

    okay, the proof is there nato killed people, still waiting on proof gadaffi killed someone! wont hold my breath though

      Mike - 2011-10-29 14:58

      Huh????

      Barry - 2011-10-30 15:44

      @Donder. Well said. Blood and Oil thirsty NATO (USA)

  • Alex - 2011-10-29 14:45

    the us never went into Libiya

      Donder - 2011-10-29 16:30

      according to cnn, bbc and reuters ja, but the amateur footage on the web proves otherwise

  • barry.mcbride - 2011-10-29 15:05

    "As a pungent odour filled the air" I’d have said 'pungent malodour'

  • marco.tomaso - 2011-10-29 16:51

    Anyone familiar with the Arab and Muslim mindset in the Middle East and North Africa will not be at all surprised at the manner in which Gaddafi met his demise and why this Saif al-Islam guy is so desperate to make it to the ICC in the Hague.Lynchings,public hangings and beheadings and all are nothing new in Libya and are quite frequent in the Arab World but seldom gets reported on or covered by the media... More mass graves will soon be found in the days ahead no doubt about that,in which both sides,pro Gaddafi loyalist and NTC Rebels will have been found to have inflicted their idea of what is "justice".The interpretation of "peace" and "justice" at the hands of whichever mob has the upper hand,will be what serves their immediate interests.They should all report as ICC indictees to the Hague. Much like the political expedience of some rulers in the West.Where the Western powers sought support from Gaddafi and Mubarak earlier,they then soon changed that opinion afterwards and decided it was in their best interests to remove both these Leaders from power. Israel is finding this out too as Obama is deciding where he stands on Palestian statehood,if he hasn't decided so already. Saif al-Islam was once seen as a liberal reformer,architect of a rapprochement with Western states on whom his father waged proxy guerrilla wars for decades.Be not deceived,the West and Russia aswell,have all shown that they will support whoever they think will benefit their own positions.

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