Libyan rebels have reported the discovery of what is alleged to be a mass grave housing the remnants of about 1,270 prisoners killed by ousted former leader Muammar Gaddafi‘s regime during a particularly gruesome massacre back in June of 1996. The bone fragments were found just outside the Abu Salim prison in the capital city of Tripoli, where Gaddafi locked away and tortured his dissenters and opponents.
When inmates at the prison rioted in protest of their harsh treatment, the prison’s guards opened fire. Experts say the bodies are thought to have been stored in the prison until 2000 before finally being buried outside its walls.
Members of a committee aimed at finding mass graves say they are confident that the remains belong to the prisoners, although an official and in-depth excavation of the site still needs to be completed. They’ve expressed hope that, eventually, family members of the victims will finally be able to know what became of their loved ones.
Fox News’ website has reported that, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross, at least 13 mass graves have been found in Libya since Tripoli fell to the Libyan rebel movement.
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