Rebel leader: 50,000 killed in Libya fighting

Rebel military leader says about 50,000 people have been killed since the beginning of Libya's uprising to oust Muammar Gaddafi six months ago.

By REUTERS
August 31, 2011 01:33
1 minute read.
Libyan death toll estimated at 50,000.

Libyan dead 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Some six months of fighting in Libya left a trail of blood and death as rebels overcame forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi and ended his more than four decade rule.

Colonel Hsham Buhagiar, Commander of Anti-Gaddafi troops said, "They say, people say, about 50,000. Yes,

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Question: Is it possible?

Answer: Yes. from both sides. From both sides, yes. I saw, in a picture, a graveyard, in Misrata, with numbers, which has 7,000 people who died, 7,000 graves."

Some of the fiercest fighting was in Misrata.

Colonel Hsham Buhagiar, Commander of Anti-Gaddafi troops said, "I think Misrata and Zlintan took the most toll. Maybe I would say around 15,000 to 17,000 in that area."

The figures include those killed in the fighting between Gaddafi's troops and his foes, and those who have gone missing over the past six months.



And the war is not over.

Anti-Gaddafi forces gather about 100 kilometers outside Sirte, the hometown of the former Libyan dictator.

Libya's interim rulers announced earlier on Tuesday they were setting a four-day deadline for forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi to surrender or face military force.

Anti-Gaddafi forces have converged on Sirte from east and west, but have stopped short of an all-out assault in hopes of arranging a negotiated surrender of Gaddafi's birth-place.

Gaddafi's whereabouts have been unknown since his foes seized his Tripoli compound on Aug. 23.

Related Content

Anti-government protesters demonstrate on a street in central Ankara
June 16, 2013
Thousands take to streets of Istanbul, defy Erdogan

By REUTERS