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“...we shot every one of them in the leg. ... Then the officers took the girls upstairs, and we were told to go on the roof [to keep guard] until the officers had finished the rape and then we were told to rape the girls too.”—A 17-year-old member of Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, currently in opposition custody • Describing what he saw as a soldier. Andrew Harding of the BBC News, who wrote this article, makes the point that he isn’t positive whether the young man was telling the truth, considering the vested interest opposition forces might have in coercing him to portray his former colleagues in the worst possible light. That said, his remarks about what’s been happening in Misrata (through an interpreter) are harrowing. He describes being instructed to rape women, on threat of being beaten if they refused. He admits to committing a rape himself, and claims to have received about $8 reward for it. It’s a gruesome read, but worthy of being informed about. These are hardly the first reports of rape to come out of Libya in the midst of its civil war, but this new suggestion takes the brutality to new, horrible levels. source (via • follow)
“Patients were brought to us in the middle of interrogation for medical care, in order to make them fit for further interrogation. This is unacceptable. Our role is to provide medical care to war casualties and sick detainees, not to repeatedly treat the same patients between torture sessions.”—MSF general director Christopher Stokes. MSF is suspending operations in detention centers in Misrata, Libya, because detainees are being tortured and denied urgent medical care.
I'm just amazed that Angelina Jolie, the Goodwill Ambassador of UN visited the locals of Misurata, Libya who were affected by the civil war.
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I am so happy to be here in misurata and to meet with the beautiful children who have suffered so much. I am here to show solidarity and to lend support to them and their country. I am also here to meet with representatives from UNHCR, MSF and a number of other local humanitarian alliances such as the ALE MEDAD charity association Misurata.
مصراته الحرة:خاص: خصت الفنانة العالمية وسفيرة النوايا الحسنة انجلينا جولي خلال زيارتها لمدينة مصراتة ليوم الثلاثاء موقع وصفحة مصراته الحرة بتصريح مكتوب عن سبب زيارتها للمدينة، ننشره نصاً مع ترجمته العربية.
Gaddafi rachets up violence; explosions in Tripoli
explosions heard in libyan capitol: For the first time since the Libyan rebellion began against Muammar Gaddafi, a series of explosions were heard in Tripoli during daylight hours. Reporting indicates there were three loud blasts, over the course of about twenty minutes. This comes amidst generally dire news for the Libyan rebellion, to say nothing of the citizenry; a witness tells CNN that a large scale butchery has gone on in Misrata, with Gaddafi’s forces killing civilians and driving them from their homes in a bid to claim control. source