Libya: ethnic cleansing in Nafusah Mountains?

Moammar Qaddafi’s forces are carrying an offensive into Libya’s western Nafusah Mountains that is not only targetting rebel training camps and supply routes that have been established there, but villages of the indigenous Amazigh (Berber) population. Local hospitals are reportedly overwhelmed, with casualties having to be loaded onto donkeys and smuggled past government blockades to get treatment elsewhere. Since the uprising began in February, some 50,000 Libyans have fled through the mountains to Tunisia, where a refugee camp has been established near the Dehiba border crossing. Berber refugees interviewed there by Human Rights Watch report that their homes in the villages of Nalut and Takut were shelled and livestock destroyed by Qaddafi’s forces. Said one refugee from Nalut: “They were killing everything, the troops. They kept some [sheep] to eat, and they killed the rest. They shot them…. I saw the dead sheep.” Grad missiles have targetted homes, mosques, water facilities, a school, and hospital compounds, refugees said. (AP, May 19; HRW, May 18)

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