Oct 23, 2012

Libya, Bani Walid report [22.10.2012.]

Seems like 1/4 of Bani Walid residents are refugees now. Bani Walid shows the world again how much NATO/EU [Nobel Laureate]  & USA /Obama [Nobel Laureate] are hypocrites.
A number of Bani Walid residents are now moving to refugee camps in Sirte and Zliten, Tripoli ... 
Approximately  5,000 families have already fled Bani Walid, many of whom have relocated to Tarhouna, roughly 89km north

Relief workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross estimated yesterday that as many as 5,000 families, or some 25,000 people, had fled Bani Walid into the Urban area alone, with the total figure believed to be much higher.

The ICRC have said that Urban and Temesla Wadi Mansour are the main transit points for civilians fleeing their homes, and that ICRC staff together with Libyan Red Crescent volunteers are distributing plastic sheeting, mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets and hygiene items to the many displaced in Urban. Yesterday, the ICRC set up a temporary base in Tarhuna to help facilitate its humanitarian operations.

Libyan state TV showing refugees from bani Walid in Tarhouna. Some severely criticising GNC  and NTC gangs

Refugees interviewed by The Daily Beast say dozens are dead. A woman refugee says she saw 10 dead children yesterday alone. A fighter said he had seen 29 dead over the weekend. Others say hundreds of homes have been destroyed in the shelling and rocket attacks.

The shelling is indiscriminate,” says 60-year-old Musbakr al-Shibani. “We were being shelled from all around. My home was destroyed and so that is why I and my family fled.” A teacher of Arabic at a high school in Bani Walid, he says he saw a small child decapitated by shrapnel. “The fight is just gaining in ferocity. This is worse than it was during the civil war.”

= Many reinforcements from the eastern tribes arrived in Bani Walid to defend the city against armed militias.
Bani Walid pages are reporting The shelling on the town is heaviest today, hundreds injured.
= Barbaric bombardment of the Bani Walid 23-10-2012

= Bani Walid has no fuel or milk, and electricity on-and-off.
Fred Abrahams of HRW tells me two Bani Walid doctors say hospital virtually closed because of shelling, area around unsafe

= "Seems like they managed to enter the city center earlier today but they have been pushed back, again. #BaniWalid
And this was acc to my Dad's cousin who called Bani Walid few mins ago. " one girl said

= "My mom was on the phone with my aunt today who was on the verge of tears talking about whats going on in #BaniWalid. #Libya
Family members who tried to leave were being harassed and abuse hurled at them by 'army', other families who left to Gheryan were sent back #BaniWalid" second girl said.

= Misrata militias have reached the periphery of Bani Walid but were unable to penetrate the main market area and Dahra.
"The militias have entered the suburbs with bulldozers and have begun to demolish homes without reason," Abdel-Hamid Saleh, a member of a Bani Walid civil society group, said by phone. "A woman called me yesterday screaming 'They have come for me, they have come for me' in fear. The city is falling on our heads."

= Comander Ali al-Shekhili of the armed criminals , which was backed by a group of militias known as "Libya's Shield" who are loyal to the GNC defence ministry, said:
 "We faced very little resistance, and shelling of the city will only continue if there is resistance."

We have the list, and on it are about 1,000 names”,  said one of Misrata comander . “Many of the names are former members of the 32nd Brigade [the Khamis Brigade]. In our area, we have only caught three of them so far.

= Supporting the slaughter: US blocks Russia's draft statement in UN on peaceful resolution of Bani Walid violence..

The United States has blocked a draft statement, proposed by Russia, on the resolution of violence in the Libyan town of Bani Walid, which has been under siege for weeks. The statement called for a peaceful solution to the conflict. 

Russia's envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin said the move "can't be serious," reminding the American delegation of the deadly attack in Benghazi that claimed the lives of four US diplomats in September. 

"Blocking a draft statement that called to solve the country's political problems without violence is very strange," Churkin said. "This is a case when it is difficult to explain the US delegation's actions in rational terms." read full article 

The statement drafted by Russia on Bani Walid called on the Libyan authorities "to take urgent steps to resolve the conflict by peaceful means and to preserve the rights of all Libyan citizens." It also expressed concern about the significant escalation of violence in and around the city of Bani Walid in recent days. 

BANI WALID: Libya Limbo: No water, food or shelter in Bani Walid
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