October 24th, 2011
02:37 AM ET

Rights group: Bodies of 53 apparent Gadhafi loyalists found in Libyan hotel

The bodies of 53 people, believed to be supporters of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, has been found in a hotel that was under the control of anti-Gadhafi fighters, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

The rights group said it found the bodies clustered together at Hotel Mahari in Sirte on Sunday. About 20 residents were putting the bodies in body bags to prepare them for burial when Human Rights Watch found them.

"We found 53 decomposing bodies, apparently (Gadhafi) supporters, at an abandoned hotel in Sirte, and some had their hands bound behind their backs when they were shot," said Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director of Human Rights Watch.

"This requires the immediate attention of the Libyan authorities to investigate what happened and hold accountable those responsible."

Officials with the National Transitional Council, Libya's new leadership, were not immediately available for comment.

The residents told Human Rights Watch investigators they found the bodies last week after the fighting in Sirte stopped and they returned home.

They identified some of the deceased as Sirte residents and Gadhafi supporters.

Sirte, Gadhafi's hometown, was one of the last cities to fall before the National Transitional Council declared the country liberated Sunday following Gadhafi's 42-year rule.

However, anti-Gadhafi fighters from Misrata had controlled the area of Sirte where the hotel is located since early October, Human Rights Watch said, citing witnesses.

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  1. Juliana

    I have asked some of my Libyan friends, and they say that was true, *if you a loyal subject to the regime*. If you weren't, and many Libyans refused to kiss Ghadfi's warped butt, you were left to pick up your lives out of the dust, after the loyalist troops got done with you and your family.

    October 24, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat2u

    Those loyalists may have told the rebels they were ready to check ou.

    October 24, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. juliana

    @philoip: you call everyone a right-wing tea partier. I am not. I am a centrist independent, and as such, feel I have a right to point out that you in all of your many troll forms calls everyone a right-wing tea partier, whether they are or not. You, sir, bring more harm to your cause than you do to help it. Moderation is the key; when the urge to call someone a tea-partier comes over you, squelch it. You can be heard without assuming that everyone is a tea-partier or a right-wing thug.
    I know this is your only form of entertainment, but you can get your point across without name-calling, unless you are getting paid by the post.
    If that's the case, may you get fired soon.

    October 24, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    @ philip

    A culture of warring tribes & tribal loyalties, a world driven mostly by propaganda. Vested interest of countries like France, our own geo-political agenda. What happened in Libya is not all black & white.

    October 25, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
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