200 dead in Libyan city of Benghazi, hospital official says

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 20, 2011 14:04

CAIRO — A doctor in the Libyan city of Benghazi said Sunday that his hospital has seen the bodies of at least 200 protesters killed by Moammar Gadhafi's forces over the last few days. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he fears reprisal.

Witnesses told The Associated Press a mixture of special commandos, foreign mercenaries and Gadhafi loyalists went after demonstrators on Saturday with knives, assault rifles and heavy-caliber weapons. That followed days of protests in Benghazi, a focal point of the uprising aimed at toppling Gadhafi after more than 40 years of rule.


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