Gaddafi forces killed prisoners, says Amnesty

August 26, 2011 18:19

LONDON - Amnesty International said on Friday it had uncovered evidence that forces loyal to deposed Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi killed several detainees being held at two camps in Tripoli.

It said eyewitness testimony from escaped prisoners described how loyalist troops used grenades and gunfire on scores of detainees at one camp this week, while guards at the other shot dead five people being held in solitary confinement.

"Loyalist forces in Libya must immediately stop such killings of captives, and both sides must commit to ensuring no harm comes to prisoners in their custody," Amnesty said in a statement.

"Even as Colonel Gaddafi is cornered, with an International Criminal Court warrant active for his arrest on charges of crimes against humanity, his troops continue their flagrant disregard for human life and international humanitarian law."

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