Gaddafi Forces Carried Out 'Mass Murder' in Tripoli - Rebels, AI

World | August 26, 2011, Friday // 20:41|  views

A Rebel shows some weapons found in the house of Muammar Gaddafi`s son Al-Saadi, looted few days ago, in Tripoli, Libya, 26 August 2011. EPA/BGNES

Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's loyalist forces have slaughtered more than 150 prisoners during this week's Battle for Tripoli, according to a rebel commander.

"There were instances of revenge in the last few hours before the fall of the regime," said Abdel Nagib Mlegta, head of operations for the takeover of the capital, as cited by Al Jazeera.

"In Bab al-Aziziya there was a mass murder. They killed more than 150 prisoners. The guards did it before running away. They threw hand grenades at them," he said, referring to Muammar Gaddafi's fortified compound which was taken over by the rebels earlier this week.

Earlier on Friday, Amnesty International, a global NGO, announced it had evidence that Gaddafi loyalists had carried out executions of a large number of prisoners at two military camps in the Libyan capital.

Prisoners who managed to escape had described how pro-regime troops lobbed grenades and opened fire on detainees as they tried to flee one camp. At another, guards shot dead five detainees held in solitary confinement.

The London-based Amnesty called on loyalist forces to halt killings of captives and urged both sides to ensure prisoners in their custody were not harmed.

Amnesty said that on Tuesday, when rebel forces stormed the Bab al-Aziziya compound, about 160 detainees tried to flee the metal hangar where they were being held at a military camp in Khilit al-Ferjan, southwest Tripoli.

Two guards told them the gates were unlocked, but as the detainees made a break for freedom, two other guards opened fire and threw five hand grenades at the group, one eyewitness told Amnesty. At least 23 of the detainees escaped.

Amnesty said the other atrocity took place on Wednesday at Qasr Bin Ghashir military camp where guards loyal to Gaddafi shot dead five detainees they were holding in solitary cells.

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