WWII graves desecrated again in Libya

2012-06-16 22:13

Benghazi - Headstones on World War II military graves in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi have again been desecrated in the second such attack in four months, local officials said on Saturday.

"On Thursday, Christian graves were desecrated for a second time in Benghazi," Mohammed al-Quzairi of the local security committee told AFP, adding that the identity of the assailants was unclear.

The Benghazi civilian council said it was trying to track down those responsible.

"We are co-operating with the security committee to ascertain the identity of the assailants and bring them to justice as quickly as possible," its spokesperson, Khaled al-Jazawi, said.

A similar attack hit the same military cemetery in February.

The assailants shattered headstones of British and allied servicemen who fought in North African desert campaigns against the Nazis during World War II.

Reports at the time blamed the act on Salafists angered by the burning of the Koran at a Nato base in Afghanistan in early February.

Benghazi, Libya's second city and the cradle of the 2011 revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi has witnessed a wave of attacks against Western targets in recent weeks.

On 6 June, the US mission there was targeted by a small bomb which caused some material damage and wounded one person.

Less than a week later, on 11 June, a convoy carrying the British ambassador to Libya was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. The blast wounded two guards.

Earlier attacks targeted the International Committee of the Red Cross and a convoy carrying the top United Nations envoy to Libya, Ian Martin.

The violence comes as the country prepares to elect a general national congress, with the vote set for 7 July.

  • nick.athinodorou - 2012-06-16 23:13

    Sometimes people deserve the leaders they get. These acts show the Libyans truly deserved Qaddafi and that the West was wrong to get rid of him.

  • zaatheist - 2012-06-17 04:15

    Had it not been for the sacrifices made by the British and Commonwealth troops in North Africa during WWII they would all be slaves of the Italians and Germans. Not only would the Koran have been burned but them as well.

  • fern.yates - 2012-06-17 08:08

    Why do humans of any religion get so uptight when their graveyards are desecrated? We are each given a physical body that cloaks our Soul- the real and most important part of us- so that we can interact with one another while here on earth. When we cast off the cloak at death -whether in war, illness, accidents or naturally, our Souls go on to wherever they must be.\r\n\r\nThe Souls whose names appear on the headstones are not there, only rotting coffins and bones remain. The deceased are definitely not worrying about whether their headstones have been smashed or stolen. \r\n\r\nAs earth becomes more over populated, maybe the graveyards will have to be a thing of the past because the earth is a place for the living not the dead.

  • sizwe.bwana - 2012-06-17 08:30

    Those who have no respect for others really have no respect for themselves. The pain the arab world is experiencing is self inflicted retribution.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-06-17 13:24

    I thought it was ashes to ashes, dust to dust or something like that.

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