Friday, April 29, 2011

Gaddafi attacks could have killed 30,000 Libyans

Washington .- The U.S. Government. UU. believes that it is difficult to estimate the number of civilians who have died in Libya since Muammar Gaddafi launched its bloody military campaign against the rebels, but felt that there could be 30,000 dead. The U.S. ambassador. UU. in Tripoli, Gene Cretz, located in Washington since the State Department suspended the operations of its representation in Libya, told reporters it was "very difficult" to determine how many have been killed so far by the attacks by forces loyal Gaddafi against the rebels.

The State Department has been, however, more accurate data. "We've seen figures ranging from 10,000 to 30,000 (dead). I do not think we will have more accurate figures until we have more experienced people on the ground. It is very complicated," he said. In this way, the U.S. believes that it will take until the end of the conflict, which is now - to have a more accurate count of casualties.

"We continue to receive reports, including our contacts in Tripoli and the West, of bodies found on beaches. Simply do not have any idea of the scope until you have completed" the conflict in Libya, he said. The ambassador said the Libyan leader and his forces "do not intend to stop the violence and bloodshed," it continued to commit "atrocities" in Misrata and Western communities, where Qaddafi is apparently starve the population to surrender and give up the resistance.

Cretz account for their ratings to the analysis of Chris Stevens, sent Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, sent on April 5 to Benghazi, the Libyan rebel stronghold, and has defined the National Transitional Council (CNT) as a "political entity worthy of our support." But the ambassador said the United States has not yet determined whether the CNT recognized as official political party of Libya, which have made France, Qatar and Italy, but admitted that the legal department is studying the legal and international obligations would lead to this step.

For now, the U.S. president, Barack Obama, has approved an aid "nonlethal" of up to $ 25 million in equipment for the Libyan opposition groups, including CNT, and has authorized the purchase of oil to the rebels U.S. firms.

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