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13 bodies found roadside in Benghazi, Dbeibah vows investigation

13 bodies, handcuffed with torture marks on different parts of their bodies – some even with gunshots on the head – have been found tossed on the streets of Benghazi in two consecutive days.

On Thursday, a source from Benghazi Public Prosecution Office told Libya Alahrar TV that 11 bodies were found behind the cement factory in Hawari area, adding that the bodies dated 10 days back.

The source added that the bodies were decomposed and handcuffed, saying they were killed with gunshots to the head.

On Friday, two more bodies with the same conditions were found thrown beachside in western Benghazi, according to a statement by Libyan Crimes Watch.

Libyan Crimes Watch said the two bodies were sent to Benghazi Medical Center via the teams of the Libyan Red Crescent, denouncing the atrocious crime that has been repetitive in Benghazi over the years.

Investigation and Accountability

The Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah, has called on the Attorney General’s Office to open a probe into the bodies found on Benghazi streets, giving orders to the Minister of Interior, Khalid Mazen, to tackle the incident.

Dbeibah extended his condolences to the families and relatives of the killed persons who had been found on Thursday and Friday in Benghazi.

The Prime Minister reiterated that such crimes won’t happen again, saying looking away from such incidents or covering it up under any pretext won’t be acceptable.

Dismay in Benghazi

Al-Awaqir tribespeople in Benghazi – a very prominent portion of the population in eastern Libya – condemned in a statement few days ago the disastrous situation in Benghazi and the lack of security as well as safety in the crime-ridden city, denouncing acts of looting, storming private properties, houses and offices as well as forced disappearances and kidnappings, let alone the secret jails where many of Benghazi residents had been lodged in.

The tribespeople said in their video statement that they wouldn’t tolerate such crimes any longer and vowed to continue to protest and take action against the lack of security in Benghazi.

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