Massacre In Misrata – Update On Libya

Bodies are lying in the streets of the besieged Libyan city of Misrata and its hospital is overflowing with the injured, an evacuee has said after arriving in Tunisia.

Corpses In The Streets

The Guardian reports:

An aid ship operated by the charity Médecins Sans Frontières docked in the Tunisian port of Sfax carrying 71 injured people from Misrata, many with bullet wounds and broken limbs and one whose face was completely disfigured by burns.

“You have to visit Misrata to see the massacre by Gaddafi,” said Omar Boubaker, a 40-year-old engineer who was shot in the leg. “Corpses in the street … the hospital overflowing. Doctors taking care of people in the street. There’s no space left in the hospital,” he said.

Misrata is the only big rebel stronghold left in western Libya and has been under attack for weeks by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. Accounts from Misrata cannot be independently verified because Libyan authorities are not allowing journalists to report freely from the city.

Nato says the fighting in and around Misrata is its number one focus. It is increasing its reconnaissance missions to track what is going on on the ground.
But the Libyan rebel commander, Gen Abdul Fattah Younis, has accused NATO of standing idly by while pro-Gaddafi forces kill people in Misrata.

Why Is This Massacre Happening?

In spite of the implementation of the no-fly zone, there is a stalemate in Libya, and Gaddafi’s grip on the western part of Libya is still strong.

The Nato-led coalition mandated by the UN to protect civilians is enforcing a no-fly zone and attacking ground targets. It accuses Gaddafi forces of sheltering weapons in civilian areas.

Human Beings Used As Shields

From the BBC:

Nato says international air strikes have reduced Colonel Gaddafi’s military capabilities by nearly a third but his forces have deliberately moved weaponry into civilian areas to hamper air strikes.

“When human beings are used as shields we don’t engage,” Brig Gen Mark van Uhm, a senior Nato staff officer, said in Brussels.

Pro-Gaddafi forces, he added, were resorting more and more to using trucks and light vehicles, “keeping more heavy equipment like armoured vehicles [hidden]“.
“So, without even targeting them, we already have an effect in that he can’t use them,” he said.

The Pentagon has confirmed it has ended its strike mission after flying a total of 1,600 sorties, 600 of them strike sorties, but it continues to provide support to Nato such as air-to-air refuelling and intelligence-gathering.

Libyan Rebels Sell First Oil Shipment For $125 Million

Meanwhile, Libyan rebels have received a crucial financial boost, selling an estimated $125m worth of oil to a Swiss trading company – the first export of Libyan oil in nearly three weeks.

The 1m-barrel consignment is due to be loaded on to a tanker near the key eastern oil port of Tobruk on Wednesday. It will provide essential funds to bolster the political credibility of the revolutionary council, allowing it to pay wages to the large numbers of people who had relied on government salaries, as well as funding imports of food and, possibly, weapons. The sale will also help the revolutionary leadership project itself as a viable alternative to the regime in Tripoli.

No Sign Of How This Will End

This is good news, but the reality is that almost two months after the battle for freedom in Libya began, there is still no indication of how and when it will end.

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Delana Darrow
Delana Darrow6 years ago

We strated this mess and now that the people of the middle east are revolting we have a abolgation too stand by them an see it threw,because if we don't we're okay a bloodbath...

Lynda J.
Lynda J6 years ago

Rest of that article:
scrambled to power in a 1969 coup and rose to subsequent infamy as the world’s numero uno state sponsor of international terrorism. A week prior to Operation El Dorado Canyon, a suitcase bomb exploded in a Berlin discotheque called La Belle, killing two US servicemen and a Turkish woman, injuring a further 229. This was one in a long line of similar atrocities, perpetrated in an age before such things became the ubiquitous bric-a-brac of the daily news wires. With La Belle, The Colonel had finally been caught with his hand in the grenade jar.

Said Reagan of El Dorado Canyon: “[Gaddafi] counted on America to be passive. He counted wrong. I warned that there should be no place on Earth where terrorists can rest and train and practice their deadly skills. I meant it. I said that we would act with others, if possible, and alone if necessary to ensure that terrorists have no sanctuary anywhere. Tonight, we have.” El Dorado was meant to kill The Colonel; it very nearly did. Ultimately, it has come to represent his remarkable ability to beat the odds and remake himself in the light of a changing international climate.

Lynda J.
Lynda J6 years ago

A reminder why Gadaffi isn't just Libya's problem...
"At precisely 2:00 local time, on the clear morning of 15 April 1986, Libya became the focal point of an undertaking called Operation El Dorado Canyon. Lasting all of 11 minutes El Dorado Canyon was the most intricately choreographed bombing run in the 70-year history of the art - a great airborne armada to provide a “measured response” to the extracurricular antics of a man US President Ronald Reagan dubbed “the mad dog of the Middle East”. One Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Revolution, hereafter referred to as The Colonel. By RICHARD POPLAK.

The focal point of El Dorado Canyon was the fortified compound al-Aziziyah, in which The Colonel kept a gilded private residence. It was bombed mercilessly in a much larger version of Castro’s exploding cigar. The Colonel had read the tea leaves (as well as the newspapers, which published several leaked reports about an upcoming “surprise” raid) and had slunk off to safer climes. He nevertheless made the curious decision to leave behind his adopted baby daughter Hanna. Along with 36 other Libyans, she didn’t make it through the night.

Known principally for his pan-Arabic rhetoric, penchant for gold-plated AK-47s, his considerable bouffant and facial hair that made Yasser Arafat look well-groomed, The Colonel scrambled to power in a 1969 coup and rose to subsequent infamy as the world’s numero uno sta

Rod S.
Rod Swann6 years ago

Well Dean P, I'm so sorry your focus is in such a bad light.
Meanwhile a despot ruler is killing his people. Do you have a sensible answer for it? Without upsetting your focus any more, obviously. It would be too painfull.

Dean P.
Dean P6 years ago

War is really senseless in all aspects. I just wish people would realize having all the wars in the world is having a huge effect on all things good. It puts your focus in a bad light.

Philip Peyton-noland

This world is getting crazier every day.

Parvez Z.
Parvez Zuberi6 years ago

The best that thing NATO do is leave Libya alone and let the tribes sort their matter you may level all of the Libya still you will not be able to solve the problem because you do not know the people and their culture at the cost of your on people you are destroying your own economy

Drivin Russell
6 years ago

On Mon., 4APR11 the Truthout WS lead article by Noam Chomsky had complimentary ones by Patrick Martin ( & Yoichi Shimatsu ( in its comments section.

Chomsky RIGHTLY condemns the US/EU for letting the oil-fat, PRO-SHARI’A Muslim royal families (esp. Bahrain, Kuwait & Saudi Arabia) SLAUGHTER their pro-democracy movements, but then in turn “responds” by attacking the “UNRELIABLE” Gadafy in Libya.

Chomsky accurately states: “An oil-rich dictator who is a reliable client is granted virtual free rein.”

Together, these analyses show us what WE MUST expect:

*The US/EU will use their CIA/Muslim Brotherhood/Al-Qaeda assets to overthrow current “Shari’a-lite” regimes in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya & Syria & ENFORCE the installation of “reliable” hardline, PRO-SHARI’A rulers, as we’re ALREADY seeing in Rached Ghannouchi’s Tunisia (Yemen, the POOREST Muslim state, has NO oil & will be “stabilized” internally).

*PRO-SHARI’A Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia & other UAE states will contribute their PETRO-BUX to pay for this “CHANGE”.

*ALL US/EU/Mideast oil cos. will reap the profits from this STABLE arrangement.

*ALL fledgling Mideastern pro-democratic movements have NO CHANCE!


“This is what chump “CHANGE” looks like!” - ‘Wamsutta

Ronald N.
Ronald N6 years ago

Marina J. We are seeing bad propaganda by the US and our allies. Ghaddhafi has been singled out for his resistance against the IMF. What the did to Egypt is unexcusable. The are the harbingers of most of the destruction of the world economy, where countries go bankrupt. Of course they include American financiers that pull the strings of the U.N., NATO, and thus the military action in Libya.

The real truth is the West doesn't like the direction of the Libyan leader. He nationalized Libyan oil, much as Hugo Chavez did in Venezuela to the ire of EXXON. He was singled out to be toppled by the CIA. That failed, but others like Mossadegh of Iran in the fifties also nationalized their oil and eventually toppled. As you know, Gaddaffi has free health care in his country, as well as free education all the way to post graduate studies. He also provides free housing for those who can't afford it. Doesn't this sound familiar? Sounds like socialism doesn't it? But whether you like socialism or not, it is the fact that he uses his oil revenues and keeps out the vampires of the capitalistic world that ruined countries like Egypt. Of course, he is no angel, but we allow BP to stink up and ruin the Gulf and all sorts of things to help these capitalists and now they pay no taxes? So folks don't be confused, the Western capitalists are doing a lot of bad while America villainizes those we want to take over !

Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago

I'd have to have much more in depth information before voting. For instance, how did Gaddhafi get to be so powerful - where have the weapons he amassed come from? Who's making the big bucks in these wars?
As always, it's a follow the money-power trail, and then maybe we could make intelligent, informed steps to stop this sort of despotism before it ever gets to this point.