Libya commander says 50,000 dead in uprising

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An estimated 50,000 people have been killed since the beginning of Libya's uprising to oust Muammar Gaddafi six months ago, a military commander with the country's interim ruling council said on Tuesday.

"About 50,000 people were killed since the start of the uprising," Colonel Hisham Buhagiar, commander of the anti-Gaddafi troops who advanced out of the Western Mountains and took Tripoli a week ago, told Reuters.

"In Misrata and Zlitan between 15,000 and 17,000 were killed and Jebel Nafusa (the Western Mountains) took a lot of casualties. We liberated about 28,000 prisoners. We presume that all those missing are dead," he said.

"Then there was Ajdabiyah, Brega. Many people were killed there too," he said, referring to towns repeatedly fought over in eastern Libya.

The figures included those killed in the fighting between Gaddafi's troops and his foes, and those who have gone missing over the past six months, he said. (Source: Reuters)
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  • Nims Wednesday, 31 August 2011 09:24 PM

    Excellent comment. Congratulations!!! When something happens against the West all are terrorists. All others are separatists, freedom fighters, ethnic fighters Blah! blah. Numbers of deaths are always in tens of thousands. It is time for Donki Baboon to open a another file for war crimes committed by British and Franch in Libya

    Roshan Thursday, 01 September 2011 04:34 AM

    Don't blame Gadafi , it is due to the heavy bombing by the Nato forces.

    KodeNathiSriLankan Wednesday, 31 August 2011 09:06 AM

    Bring the dictator to just. This mass killing is not accepted in today modern world. This mass killing was under the pretext of sovereignty.

    S.Dilruk Wednesday, 31 August 2011 09:52 AM

    Oh my god. 50,000 lives within 6 months. Who should be responsible ? Gadafi or UN Ally ?

    citizen1 Thursday, 01 September 2011 05:21 AM

    The price of freedom....

    LIMA Wednesday, 31 August 2011 10:14 AM

    this is the cover up by the nato and usa forces to hang gaddafi, nothing else.
    this will be the main theme to hang him like they hanged saddam for killing 140 people
    what about bush and blair for killing lakhs and still killing , who will speak.???

    Pedro Wednesday, 31 August 2011 10:55 AM

    There is a fine line between responsibility and guilt.

    Rosh Wednesday, 31 August 2011 10:58 AM

    The greediness of the global super powers were the culprits.


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