A few more snapshots from now forgotten Libya.

In Benghazi, September 29th 2013:

‘Three security officials were murdered in separate attacks in Benghazi today, according to the spokesman for Benghazi Joint Security Room, Abdullah Al-Zaidi


In Gubba, September 27th 2013:

‘One man was reported killed and two others injured when the police station in Gubba was damaged in a massive car bomb attack early this morning, around sunrise. The dead man and the two injured – all said to be Egyptians – were in a house next door to the police headquarters’.


In Tripoli, September 22nd:

‘The commander of Tripoli SSC’s Support Unit No 2, Adnan Al-Shibani, was murdered yesterday evening as he left a barber shop in the western suburb or Gurji. A Tunisian barber was also injured in the shooting. Confirming the killing, SSC head Hashim Bishr told the Libya Herald that it was not clear at this point if it were linked to a personal dispute or an act of political terrorism’.


In Benghazi, September 17th:

‘An officer from the Benghazi Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Imraja El-Uraibi, was killed this afternoon after a car-bomb blew apart his vehicle. “El-Uraibi was immediately taken into intensive care but unfortunately his injuries were very severe,” spokesman of Benghazi Joint Security Room Abdullah Zaidi told the Libya Herald’.


In Benghazi, September 16th:

‘There were two car bomb attempts in Benghazi this morning. Both, fortunately, were unsuccessful and there were no casualties. One targeted a lawyer, the other a Libyan army patrol vehicle. The lawyer, Jibril Al-Moqasbi, had a lucky escape. According to the spokesman of Benghazi Joint Security Room, Abdullah Zaidi, Moqasbi’s car “blew up in front of his house near Abu Ghoula Mosque in Benghazi’s downtown Al-Birka district while he was preparing himself to start his day”’.


Anyone who read the ‘Headlines from the Libya Herald‘ posts that I blogged here will be aware that these kind of attacks are absolutely par for the course in Libya now, and have been for a long time. They aren’t just isolated events, but near daily occurrences – although most go under the British/American corporate media radar.

And from a freshly published U.N. Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs report on torture in Libya:

‘The number and nature of the cases documented, as well as the continuing allegations of serious mistreatment, indicate that such abuse of detainees in Libya is an on-going and widespread concern in many detention centres, and that this problem does not necessarily end when Libyan State authorities nominally take over detention facilities but armed brigades remain in effective control’.

http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/LY/TortureDeathsDetentionLibya.pdf – p.6

‘Detainees told UNSMIL that they were constrained in contorted positions; beaten on the soles of their feet (falaqa); beaten all over the body with whips, cables, plastic hoses, metal chains, bars and wooden sticks; and given electric shocks with live wires or taser-like weapons. Several said they were hanged upside down and beaten for hours, burned with cigarettes, had hot liquids poured on them, and were exposed to burning metals’.

http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/LY/TortureDeathsDetentionLibya.pdf – p.7

‘Other detainees reported rape by having sticks or bottles inserted into their anuses, or said they were beaten on their genitals. In one case, a man in his late forties held by an armed brigade under the authority of the SSC told UNSMIL that he was kept in solitary confinement for four months and beaten with a metal bar, chains and water hoses. He said he suffered four broken fingers and a broken leg. He also said that he was forced to sit on a glass bottle several times and had a large bullet forcibly introduced into his anus, causing bleeding for several days. He added that other cell mates had similar symptoms when they came back from solitary confinement, but they never talked about it because they found it shameful’.

http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/LY/TortureDeathsDetentionLibya.pdf – p.7

The report goes on to say that at least 27 people have died in custody from torture since 2011, including at least 11 people in 2013 (p.8).

And once again, I find it quite striking that those who were most vociferous in supporting NATO’s bombing of Libya on ‘human rights’ grounds (something which helped empower the very militias who are carrying out these atrocities, and quite deliberately as well) have virtually nothing to say about what is happening in the country now.

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