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. fabian

    is nothings say for

    October 24, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tomboriro Jabwisi

    They got what they deserved. Hegoats.

    October 24, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Philip

      Another hateful comment from an ignorant Tea Partier!!! But then again, what should one expect from such people???

      October 24, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. yada

    Did the reporter take an English class? Bodies....HAS been found. More than one body should be, HAVE not HAS. I expect better use of the English language from a reporter.

    October 24, 2011 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland Tony

      No byline ....Written by local interns probably

      October 24, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Andreas Moser

    Is this what Libyans fought for? Is this what Libyans died for? Is this what NATO bombed for? => Polygamy, purportedly for the sake of women: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/libya-freedom-polygamy/

    October 24, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ram2009

    But that is strange. That's far more than evidence of human dead found at the mass graves laid at Gaddafi's door.

    October 24, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. Portland Tony

    There are no rules in war. Simply put, kill those
    who opposed you.They would do the same to you!

    October 24, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    It's time to become a priest, fancy dresses ,hot nuns ,dreamy alterboys ,Oh God, I just can't wait.

    October 24, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    I did not mention free wine. wwwweeeeeee.

    October 24, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. justathought

    @yada, I think an English major or minnor is no loger required to be a reporter or a journlist any more, just so they can use a phone.

    October 24, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    I see they haven't found all the bodies the loyalists have slaughtered yet.

    October 24, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Now these self-styled so-called "liberators" are showing their true colors. These bodies are evidence to the true barbarians that these guys truly are!!! Too bad that most Americans are to ignorant to see that!

    October 24, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Thank you, Philip. You said it all.

      October 24, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. Juliana

    Everybody who makes a statement you don't like is a tea partier? Is that how you work? You have made yourself a laughingstock again and again and your statements bear that out. You really should just shut up, Philip.

    October 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philip

      Spoken like a true right-wing Tea Partier who want only their views to be aired here! Thank you, Juliana but we moderates too have a right to be heard.

      October 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scottish Mama

    War is never pretty or just.

    October 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    Blood lust of us humans is simply apalling. And we are given to rejoice over blood shed.
    @ Scottish Mama
    Rightly said. War is just a manifestation of the dark side of humanity. Greed & lust for power the driving forces. Death , destruction & misery the result.

    October 24, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philip

      Well stated, saywhat. I totally agree.

      October 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    some very interesting facts (?) I came across about Libya under Ghaddafi. Though only a Libyan can say if all of this is correct.

    There is no electricity bill, its free
    there is no interest on loans for libyans
    To own a Home is considered a human right
    Newly weds recieve equiv. of $ 60,000 to buy an apartment to start their life together
    Education & medical is free. Literacy rate is 83%
    If a libyan wantsto get into a farming career he would recieve farming land, equipment, livestock, seeds etc for free including a farm house to kick start his career
    To go abroad for higher education a libyan recieves funding plus $ 2'300. pm as accomodation & car allowance
    Gas is 0.14 cents a litre
    Libya has no external debt & reserves of $ 150 billion now frozen world wide
    If a libyan cannot get employment after grad he/she gets equiv of average salary of the job they were looking for till they get employed
    A portion of Libya's oil sales are directly credited to evry citizen's account
    A Libyan woman gets $ 5000 when she gives birth to a child
    can someone verify all this. I think a Libyan wouldn't on the pain of being shot in the head.

    A libyan buys a car & the state subsidizes 50% of the cost

    October 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philip

      In 1969 when Qadaffy first came to power in Libya, saywhat, the litteracy rate in Libya was only 18% and now it's 83%. How will the right-wing news media explain that one away???

      October 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
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