Libyan rebel forces seeking to oust Muammar Qaddafi have looted shops, homes and medical facilities in some of the towns they seized in the country’s western mountains, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.
In several conquered towns, the rebels torched homes believed to belong to Qaddafi supporters, the New York-based group said.
Since the uprising seeking to end Qaddafi’s 42-year rule broke out in mid-February, armed rebels have seized control of much of the country’s east, where they’ve set up an administration in Benghazi. They also control the coastal city of Misrata and much of the Nafusa mountain range southwest of Tripoli.
Through a string of victories in recent months, rebel forces have expanded the area under their control in the mountains.
The Human Rights Watch report, based on interviews with local fighters and residents, said that after seizing towns, rebel forces torched a number of homes believed to belong to Qaddafi supporters. It also said rebel forces had ransacked shops and looted supplies from medical facilities.
Good thing we’re not really at war, or this could get messy.