The Toll of the Battle for Tripoli

Gravediggers in Suk al Juma, a neighborhood in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, have been receiving around a dozen bodies on a daily basis, the toll of the battle between the rebels and Qaddafi loyalists that began a week ago.

On Saturday, the Red Cross said the gravediggers wanted its volunteers to begin an organized identification process for the deceased prior to formal burial arrangements.

According to one of the volunteers, the decomposed bodies that have yet to be identified are being placed in a mass grave.

Evidence emerged recently of the apparently brutal executions during the battle from both sides, which shows a darker side of the joy residents displayed at toppling their leader.

Meanwhile, medical staff at Matiga, one of Tripoli’s main hospitals, were growing overwhelmed by the amount of incoming patients and expressed concern about the serious shortage of both staff and supplies.

"Here in the hospital, we admitted a lot of patients in the latest period. A lot of patients they are (wounded) due to gunshots in the neck, chest, abdomen, upper and lower extremities. We try to do our best for such patients, but we have deficit in the facilities especially in the orthopaedic department such as external fixations and trails," said Dr. Yousri Shteiwee.

That aside, the 2 million residents of the capital are also dealing with short supplies of food, water and fuel.

Rebel troops are now targeting Sirte, Muammar Qaddafi’s hometown.


Dr. Yousri Shteiwee - Matiga hospital

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