Libya civil war cost 20 000 lives

2011-08-25 22:20

Benghazi - More than 20 000 people have been killed in the six-month rebellion to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, rebel leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said on Thursday.

"I do not have the exact figure, but the armed conflict has resulted in more than 20 000 dead," said Abdel Jalil, head of the rebel Transitional National Council.

Asked about the possible presence of chemical weapons in the country, he said there was nothing to fear.

"As a former member of the [Gaddafi] regime, I know very well that those weapons have expired," he said.

  • Lestor - 2011-08-26 00:14

    It must be asked... ha it been worth it? 20 000 dead,how many wounded? How many displaced? How many suffering unnecessarily? All for what? So Gaddafi's former cabinet can take over?

      slg - 2011-08-26 06:27

      Couldn't agree more

      Grayman - 2011-08-26 06:42

      The report does not say much about the statistics. There is no mention for which side the casualties fought or if they were civilians. There is no mention of who the perpetrators were, if they were Gaddafi's henchmen, rebels or NATO. Was it worth it? I guess you can't ask a dead man that question but there does seem to be a lot of men who are prepared to fight to the death over it.

      Wes - 2011-08-26 08:24

      Lots of people who fight and die for freedom from oppression would say IT IS ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT!

      Lestor - 2011-08-26 15:40

      Wes its those that survive that are saying it is worth it, the dead dont get a votwe.

  • John - 2011-08-26 05:52

    That's less than the number of people murdered in SA every year.

      Fikile - 2011-08-26 08:41

      Dear john, how would you have liked it if the ANC dropped a bomb on your fR!ick3n house and killed your family in the name of freedom. the World would be a better place if you were in

      Andy - 2011-08-26 09:32

      @Fikile - Your seem a bit oversensative on this friday morning - John was just stating a fact and I have to agree with him, don't you think it's scary that there are more murders in SA every year then there are in a 'war zone'?

  • Tc - 2011-08-26 06:53

    About as many people as are murdered in SA in one year!

  • De la Rey - 2011-08-26 08:36

    I just hope that the UN will wake up and recognize the fact that approximately the same amount of people get killed in SA per year, as a normal way of living. I know we do not have oil but I think if they portray themselves as the peace keepers of the world we can sue them for ignoring the fact that more than 300,000 people have been killed since 1994 and THEY DID NOTHING. If they want to be the gate keepers for peace over the world, then they must take these stats into account and do something about it!

  • USAMAH - 2011-08-26 09:21

    20 00 innocents dead. Right NATO,back to work boys. Now the western powers can go back to the job of usurping Libyan resources as the Libyans are busy trying to sort out this mess. Another Iraq, I suppose? Saudis, watch your backs. Your allies are notorios backstabbers.

      slg - 2011-08-26 22:28

      The Arab League and Turkey are involved in NATO. Are they usurping Libya's resources too?

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