US: Libya death toll could be at 30 000

2011-04-28 07:33

Washington - An Obama administration official says estimates of the death toll in Libya after more than two months of violence could reach as high as 30 000.

Gene Cretz, the US ambassador to Libya, says it is very hard to gauge how many people have died in strongman Muammar Gaddafi’s crackdown on protesters and the subsequent fighting between rebels and pro-government forces.

Cretz says that US officials have seen figures ranging from 10 000 to 30 000.

He told reporters on Wednesday in Washington that the US keeps getting reports of "bodies that have been uncovered on the beach" as it maintains communication with contacts it established when it operated an embassy in Libya.

Cretz warned: "We just have no sense of the scale of this thing until it's over."

  • Barry - 2011-04-28 11:42

    They should put Gaddafi on trial for crimes against humanity. What is the "civilised" world doing about this?

      JustinD - 2011-04-28 15:06

      Why? what a waste of everything, rather blow him up or away.

  • greensplash - 2011-04-28 16:40

    Had, the west not interfered, Gadaffi would have quelled the rebels long ago and deaths would most likely have been in the 500 dead region, not 30000. So who is at fault?

      slg - 2011-04-29 16:15

      Shows how much you know greensplash. Are you on drugs, the green one?

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