Regime troops burned bodies of civilians
THE handcuffed bodies of 130 Libyan rebels and the remains of 20 civilians have been found at a former Gaddafi regime base, a Libyan activist and journalist in Tripoli, Numedia al-Trabulsi, said yesterday.
The bodies were found in the Khamis Camp just outside Tripoli, which is now under rebel control.
Initially, 130 rebel bodies were found at the camp, she said, adding: "This morning while rebels were sweeping the camp they found 20 bodies of civilians who went missing two days ago and were executed by Gaddafi's forces."
The Khamis Brigade is a special military unit led by Gaddafi's youngest son, Khamis.
The horrific find, which could add to evidence in any future war-crimes prosecution of the Libyan leader, came as rebels approached Sirte, which remains in the hands of government loyalists. Guerrilla fighters from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in eastern Libya have been advancing towards the city in recent days, but have so far got only as far as the edge of Bin Jawad, a town about 100 miles away.
Fawzi Bukatif, a rebel commander, said attempts to persuade the Sirte loyalists to surrender had so far been fruitless.
"We are waiting for the people in Sirte to come out and talk but we've got no answer up to now," he said.