Report: Gadhafi forces killed civilians

May 6, 2011 at 3:10 PM
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MISURATA, Libya, May 6 (UPI) -- Forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi may have committed war crimes in the Libyan city of Misurata, Amnesty International said Friday.

The organization released a report documenting the use of cluster bombs and heavy artillery against civilians. Since February, Gadhafi's forces have been pounding residential neighborhoods, the group said.

"The scale of the relentless attacks that we have seen by Gadhafi forces to intimidate the residents of Misurata for more than two months is truly horrifying," said Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International's senior adviser in Libya. "It shows a total disregard for the lives of ordinary people and is in clear breach of international humanitarian law."

Misurata, Libya's third-largest city, is 130 miles east of Tripoli. The city declared its allegiance to rebel forces in February.

Amnesty said during shelling in April people waiting in line at a bakery were killed and wounded. One man said his 33-year-old son was shot dead by a sniper as he sat in his parents' house holding his own son in his lap.

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