84 Dead In Libya Protests In 3 Days: Human Rights Watch
Source: Huffington Post
Disturbing new details are coming out of the Libya protests. Government security forces have killed at least 84 people in three days, Human Rights Watch said in a news release Friday night.
Even though people were protesting peacefully, according to HRW, security forces killed 20 people in Benghazi, 23 in Baida, three in Ajdabiya, and three in Derna in a matter of days. In addition, 35 people were killed in Benghazi on Friday, nearly all with live ammunition.
HRW said that telephone interviews with hospital staffers and witnesses led to the estimates. It added in a statement: "The Libyan authorities should immediately end attacks on peaceful protesters and protect them from assault by pro-government armed groups."
The regime of Muammar Gaddafi is said to be behind the massacres, according to The Guardian, which reported that it also imposed a news blackout, similar to Iran's crackdown on journalists in 2009.
5. CNN International: Human Rights Watch - Government forces killed 84 in 3 days in Libya
At least 84 people have been killed by government security forces in three days of protests across Libya, Human Rights Watch said, as uncertainty lingers in the country led by the same ruler for four decades.
The human rights group said in a statement Friday that the information is based on telephone interviews with local hospital staff and witnesses.
CNN has not been able to independently confirm the figure.
Witnesses said tens of thousands of Libyans have taken to the streets this week to voice their discontent with of Moammar Gadhafi -- the longest-ruling, non-royalty head of state in the world.
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