Death Toll Passes 1,000 Libya

by Matthew Shaffer

Human Rights Watch has confirmed 300 deaths. That is a low-ball figure, however, as they rely on contacts to individual hospitals and morgues, but this has been disrupted by the internet and media blackout. An Italian MP, meanwhile claims to have an estimate from credible sources that the death toll has surpassed 1,000. From the heaviness of the fire heard on videos that have made their way into the hands of Western media, and from the way protesters appear to have been largely frightened off the streets of Tripoli today, that estimate doesn’t seem improbable.

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