Libya's interim leader issued an ultimatum Tuesday for tribal leaders in towns still under the control of Moammar Gadhafi loyalists: Surrender peacefully or face fierce military battles come Saturday, after Eid al-Fitr festivities have come to an end.
Forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi committed possible war crimes in the battle for Misrata, a U.S.- based human rights group said, as some of the fallen leader’s family fled to neighboring Algeria. Those crimes include murder, torture and rape, Physicians for Human Rights said in a report. The Boston-based group cited interviews with 54 residents of Misrata and its surrounding villages that it said were conducted in June, shortly after rebel forces captured the western coastal city.
Libyan rebels may be indiscriminately killing black people because they have confused innocent migrant workers with mercenaries, the chairman of the African Union said, citing the fears as one reason the continental body has not recognized opposition forces as Libya's interim government.
'The abuses that we gathered evidence of in Misrata are some of the most egregious war crimes and crimes against humanity I've heard of in Libya'
Libyan troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi forced civilians to act as human shields, perching children on tanks to deter NATO attacks, human rights investigators said. It was part of a pattern of rapes, slayings, "disappearances" and other war crimes that they said they found.