February 20, 2011

Massacre in Libya

Following up Libya, the BBC is reporting that it has taken a very bad turn for the worse overnight.

Details have emerged of huge casualty figures in the Libyan city of Benghazi, where troops have launched a brutal crackdown on protesters.

More than 200 people are known to have died, doctors say, with 900 injured.

The most bloody attacks were reported over the weekend, as funeral marches were said to have come under machine-gun and heavy weapons fire.

One doctor, speaking amid the sound of fresh gunfire on Sunday, told the BBC that "a real massacre" had happened.

Human Rights Watch says at least 173 people have been killed in Libya since demonstrations began on Wednesday.

Benghazi, the country's second city, has been a leading focus of protests against four decades of rule by Col Muammar Gadaffi.

Witnesses said troops used machine-guns, mortars, large-calibre weapons, and even a missile, against the mourners.

Opposition supporters said the attack was unprovoked, although security sources suggested some protesters threw firebombs at the compound.

Some described scenes of chaos as army snipers shot from the roofs of buildings and demonstrators fought back against troops on the ground.

The doctor told the BBC that some Benghazi residents had been shot outside their homes by neighbourhood militias and bodies had been dumped on the street.

I don't guess anyone needs me to comment on Gadaffi murdering folks at funerals. Its barbarity speaks for itself.

Isn't he held up as a Good Muslim in the struggle to kill infidels?

Why now is he murdering Muslims instead?

Here is some video from Libya, graphic truth warning.

A couple more recent uploads below the fold. Please feel free to contribute more in comments.

By Howie at 11:30 AM | Comments |