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ICRC: 400 bodies retrieved in Gadhafi's hometown

ICRC: 400 bodies retrieved in Gadhafi's hometown

Doctors have retrieved more than 400 bodies scattered around Moammar Gadhafi's hometown since the Libyan leader's death two weeks ago, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday.
Gadhafi died in unclear circumstances Oct. 20 after being captured by rebel forces as he and his followers were trying to escape his besieged hometown of Sirte.
Since then, local doctors have been finding dozens of bodies daily, the Geneva-based ICRC said.
Spokesman Steven Anderson told The Associated Press that all the dead appeared to have been killed in fighting, but it was not possible to say which side they belonged to.
New York-based Human Rights Watch last week called for an investigation into what it described as an "apparent mass execution" of 50 civilians and Gadhafi loyalists _ some found with their hands tied behind their backs.
Anderson said the bodies were being buried in temporary locations for later identification.
Separately, the Red Cross warned Friday of the serious threat posed by unexploded weaponry discarded throughout the battle zones, particularly in Bani Walid _ another of Gadhafi's last remaining strongholds_ and Sirte.
"There have already been several confirmed casualties in Sirte, including an eight-year-old girl who lost her arm while playing with an explosive device," the ICRC cited one of its experts, Guy Marot, as saying.
In the area of Zlitan, west of rebel-stronghold Misrata, some 30 people have been killed or injured by unexploded ordnance.
The Red Cross said it was launching a campaign to warn civilians of the dangers as they return to their neighborhoods now fighting has ended.


Updated : 2021-05-16 13:21 GMT+08:00