Monday, April 4, 2011

Gaddafi's troops leave 32 dead in a raid on a rebel enclave

Algiers / Rome. .- At least 32 people have died and dozens were injured in the last few hours, during an offensive by forces loyal to Muammar al-Gaddafi at Kotla, a town southeast of Tripoli controlled by the rebels, reported the chain Al Arabiya television. Gadafistas troops continued this morning with the attack that began yesterday, said a resident of the Arab broadcaster.

According to witnesses, government forces launched the offensive from the entrance east of the city, using heavy artillery and Grad rocket launcher batteries this morning, Gaddafi's men attacked from the west, firing indiscriminately at everything that moved in residential neighborhoods, said the source.

70 bodies found on a beach immigrants Seventy bodies have been recovered off the coast of Libya, near Tripoli, Efe reported the president of the Italian agency for refugees Habeshia, Mussie Zerai. "We know that seventy bodies were found in the sea, near Tripoli," said Zerai. It is believed that this may be immigrants who died trying to reach Italian shores.

Zerai said he had known the news last Thursday "by several people in Libya." The bodies were buried on Thursday, the same day they were found, but were recognized, Italian media reported. The Italian spokesman of the High Commissioner (UNHCR), Laura Boldrini, warned last Friday that two ships with more than 400 people in recent days launched distress messages via a satellite phone and had not yet been located.

Habeshia Italian agency for development cooperation was established in 2006 and works with immigrants from North Africa, developing voluntary activities among groups of refugees and asylum seekers in the country Italian.

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