Democracy Now: Hundreds of Bodies Uncovered in Mass Grave in Libya Show Signs of Execution
In news from Libya, the bodies of at least 267 people have been found in mass graves in Sirte, the hometown of slain Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi. It appears many of the dead were summarily executed. Local residents described the mass grave.
Libyan citizen: “There are 300 bodies here. We found them in more than one place. Most of them are residents of Sirte. Some are from the Mahari Hotel, who we found with their hands tied and shot in the head. Most of them were wounded.”
The news comes as reports that surfaced on Monday indicated 53 Gaddafi supporters were killed in a similar fashion in Sirte. The New York-based group Human Rights Watch said, “This latest massacre seems part of a trend of killings, looting and other abuses committed by anti-Gaddafi fighters who consider themselves above the law.”