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(photo credit: Still from video by OneDayOnEarth.org.)
Evidence of execution-style murders in Libya as part of the growing turmoil in the North African country emerged in recent days based on videos uploaded on YouTube showing dead and bloody soldiers after they were executed for refusing to shoot demonstrators.
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Other videos showed civilians preparing mass burials in Libya amid reports that as many as 2,000 people have been killed in the recent wave of unrest.
The Obama administration on Thursday gave its support to a European effort to expel Libya from the United Nations' top human rights body and said it was readying a larger sanctions package against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime that it will take up with allies in the coming days.
The decision comes after violence continued Thursday as army units and militiamen loyal to Gaddafi struck back against rebellious Libyans in cities close to the capital, attacking a mosque where some were protesting against the government. Medical officials said 15 people were killed in the clashes.
Earlier, the Libyan government appeared to have lost control of much of the eastern part of the nation while protestors claimed new gains in cities and towns closer to the heart of Gaddafi's regime in the capital.
Among the gains, protesters said they had taken over Misrata, which would be the largest city in the western half of the country to fall into their hands.
Meanwhile, former Libyan justice minister Mustafa Abdel Galil, who
resigned from his post earlier this week, warned on Friday that Gaddafi
may use biological and chemical weapons against civilians, according to
an Al Jazeera report.
"We call on the international community
and the UN to prevent Gaddafi from going on with his plans in Tripoli,"
Galil told Al Jazeera.
"At the end when he’s really pressured, he can do anything. I think Gaddafi will burn everything left behind him."