'River of blood' at hospital after shootings in Zawiya, Libya, witness says
Libyan anti-government protesters chant slogans during a protest against Gadhafi in Zawiya on February 27.
March 4th, 2011
11:49 AM ET

'River of blood' at hospital after shootings in Zawiya, Libya, witness says

[Updated at 11:49 a.m. ET, 6:49 p.m. local time] Forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi attacked peaceful protesters in Zawiya with mortars and machine guns on Friday, in what a witness called an "indescribable" and deadly assault.

[Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET, 6:20 p.m. local time] Before reports of the killings emerged, a report on Libyan state TV said people in Zawiya, west of Tripoli, and "their public leadership have secured and took control over the city from the armed terrorist elements."

Zawiya was the site of at least 17 killings in one day last month when government forces attacked the city, doctors told CNN.

[Posted at 11:06 a.m. ET, 6:06 p.m. local time] At least 15 people have been killed and 200 more wounded in the Libyan city of Zawiya, an eyewitness told CNN.

Wounded people started arriving at the hospital Friday morning. Most of the injuries resulted from gunshots, and many of the injuries were to the head and chest.

The eyewitness said the hospital is running out of medical supplies.

"There is a river of blood here in the hospital. The situation is very bad," he said.

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  1. Andris Heks

    Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2011 14:30:12 +1100

    I urge you, that either you or the UN or the Prosecutor of the International Court of Justice issue a warning ASAP to Gaddafi's pilots and army that they will be individually held responsible for any civilian deaths and charged with crimes against humanity.
    Secondly, a no fly zone over Libya should be declared ASAP.
    Gaddafi has all the money in the world to finance mercenary armies and pilots as China and India are continuing importing Libyan oil, with payments going to Gaddafi's regime.
    Thirdly, the UN should resolve to send in UN troops to Libya to stop the civil war and to allow the people of Libya to decide their own future.
    The world can't just stand by when there is a totally unequal David and Goliath struggle unfolding in Libya between the rag-tag army of revolutionaries and Gaddafi's well equipped professional killers.
    It's the duty of the world to prevent the massacre of the civilian freedom fighters of Libya, as it happened in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. There too, the revolution started as a peaceful demonstration against the tyrannical regime. People only took up arms there too after State Security
    Police shot at them. The revolutionaries held out for over a week, but the overwhelming force of the invading Soviet army, comparable to Gaddafi's reliance on external professional mercenaries, squashed the revolution, killing over 2500 freedom fighters. Let this not happen in Libya!
    Andris Heks 568 Peach Tree Rd Megalong 2785 NSW Australia Ph: 047879173 (Please notify if published)

    March 4, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      No Andris,neither the U.S. nor the U.N. have ant business interfering in the internal affairs of Libya. We need to let the Libyans decide their own future and the way to do that is to adopt a "laissez-fair" policy. Not all Libyans want Qadaffi gone despite all the propaganda spewed by the right-wing news media!!!

      March 5, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Sorry Andris about the missprint above. I meant "any",not "ant". Excuse me,please.

      March 5, 2011 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. kim

    They should send Charlie to talk to gadhafi that would be a media paradise. Seriously there both crazy and its just ridiculas anyway you look at it from charlie sheen crazy rant to gadhafi cruel insand dictator. Just crazy

    March 5, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Ringo

      Really kim? All this Qadaffy bashing is starting to get awfully old,but the thugs in Washington want you to feel that way because they want Libya's oil!!!

      March 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Manassés Meirelles

    Por que a discussão sobre a líbia agora? Devemos voltar a nossa atenção para o Brasil e render solidariedade e respeito as família envolvidas no massacre.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • ManassĂ©s Meirelles

      "Love one another as you loved."
      Jesus Christ

      April 7, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. Manassés Meirelles

    Why the discussion on Libya now? We must turn our attention and one to Brazil and make Solidarity Respect Family massacre not as involved. We must turn our attention to Brazil and render solidarity and respect for the families involved in the massacre.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
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