53 bodies found in Sirte; Loyalists executed?
TRIPOLI, Libya - The New York-based Human Rights Watch warned Monday of a "trend of killings, looting and other abuses"
by those who fought Muammar Qaddafi, after finding 53 decomposing bodies - apparently of Qaddafi loyalists - some of whom it said may have been executed by revolutionary forces.
The bodies were found on the lawn of the abandoned Mahari hotel in Sirte, and some had their hands bound. HRW researcher Peter Bouckaert said the hotel had come under the control of fighters from Misrata before the killings took place.
The condition of the bodies suggested the men were killed between Oct. 15-19, the group said. Bloodstains on the grass and spent cartridges indicated some were shot and killed at the spot they were discovered.