Reports of War Crimes as Tripoli Fighting Continues
Posted on Aug 25, 2011
Libyan rebels control most of Tripoli, yet fighting continues in the capital amid reports of possible war crimes by both sides. One doctor told a BBC reporter that some rebel bodies delivered to his hospital had bullet holes in the back of their heads and wounds that indicated torture.
The seaside town of Sirte appears to be the scene of the next battle. Moammar Gadhafi released a message from hiding urging Libyans to defy “those who rely on NATO.” —PZS
Dr Hoez Zaitan, a British medic working at the hospital, said about half the bodies had bullet wounds to the back of the head while others had disfiguring injuries to their limbs and hands.
He said the bodies had been examined for possible evidence to be used at a war crimes tribunal.
Meanwhile, the bodies of at least a dozen pro-Gaddafi fighters have been found on a roundabout in the centre of Tripoli, two of whom had their hands tied behind their backs.
There were reports that one body had an intravenous drip in the arm and that others were badly burned.
AP / Francois Mori
A Libyan rebel, left, handcuffs captured Gadhafi loyalists in Tripoli, Libya.