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HRW: Libya: Bodies Found at Sirte Hotel Apparent Execution of 53 Gaddafi Supporters
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Libya: Apparent Execution of 53 Gaddafi Supporters
Bodies Found at Sirte Hotel Used by Anti-Gaddafi Fighters
October 24, 2011

(Sirte) Fifty-three people, apparent Gaddafi supporters, seem to have been executed at a hotel in Sirte last week, Human Rights Watch said today. The hotel is in an area of the city that was under the control of anti-Gaddafi fighters from Misrata before the killings took place.


We found 53 decomposing bodies, apparently Gaddafi supporters, at an abandoned hotel in Sirte, and some had their hands bound behind their backs when they were shot, said Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch, who investigated the killings. This requires the immediate attention of the Libyan authorities to investigate what happened and hold accountable those responsible.


The condition of the bodies suggests the victims were killed approximately one week prior to their discovery, between October 14 and October 19, Human Rights Watch said. The bloodstains on the grass directly below the bodies, bullet holes visible in the ground, and the spent cartridges of AK-47 and FN-1 rifles scattered around the site strongly suggest that some, if not all of the people, were shot and killed in the location where they were discovered, Human Rights Watch said.

All the bodies were in a similar stage of decomposition, suggesting they were killed at the same approximate time. Some of the bodies had their hands tied behind their backs with plastic ties. Others had bandages over serious wounds, suggesting they had been treated for other injuries prior to their deaths.

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  -HRW: Libya: Bodies Found at Sirte Hotel Apparent Execution of 53 Gaddafi Supporters chill_wind  Oct-24-11 09:30 PM   #0 
  - Add them to the 95 that HRW found out on the road in Sirte  EFerrari   Oct-24-11 09:35 PM   #1 
  - That together is already, probably, more than the number  Fool Count   Oct-24-11 10:08 PM   #6 
  - Not very promising - let's hope things improve. nt  MannyGoldstein   Oct-24-11 09:40 PM   # 
  - They will certainly have their hands full  chill_wind   Oct-24-11 09:59 PM   #4 
  - ..  ellisonz   Oct-24-11 09:40 PM   #2 
  - TNC Failing to secure weapons. HRW: "No time to waste."  chill_wind   Oct-24-11 09:48 PM   #3 
  - r&  court jester   Oct-24-11 09:59 PM   #5 
  - My guess  chill_wind   Oct-24-11 10:09 PM   #7 
  - Funny you should ask, they were thrown under it back in April...  Turborama   Oct-25-11 05:40 AM   #10 
     - Their record is mixed. A humanitarian org has no business  EFerrari   Oct-25-11 07:03 AM   #12 
     - Kind of like Amnesty International. Each side takes a turn throwing HRW or AI under the bus when  pampango   Oct-25-11 11:17 AM   #14 
  - Investigate NTC fighters and Gaddafi. Other reports from HRW about Libya.  pampango   Oct-25-11 05:34 AM   #8 
  - .  Starry Messenger   Oct-25-11 05:36 AM   #9 
  - ALL war crimes should be investigated and prosecuted  pinboy3niner   Oct-25-11 05:48 AM   #11 
     - Not going to happen  ProgressiveProfessor   Oct-25-11 09:49 AM   #13 

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