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VIII Ra’s Lanuf & Bin Jawad

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The eastern theater of military operations connecting Ra's Lanuf and Bin Jawad was a critically strategic battleground and heavily contested region during the war. Thuwar forces gained control of this theater in February 2011, but met heavy resistance from Qadhafi forces as they moved westwards from this position in early March. Qadhafi's strongholds in Sirte and Tripoli were threatened by thuwar advances, and could not survive losing this region. Human rights organizations, the CoI and media outlets provided evidence to reasonably conclude that the Qadhafi forces engaged in arbitrary detentions and were responsible for the disappearance of numerous civilians and rebel combatants. Reports also exist of torture and ill-treatment in detention centers under the control of the Qadhafi forces. However, due to insufficient documentation of violations in the region, there is limited information available with regards to specific acts of torture.

Keywords:arbitrary detentions; Bin Jawad; Ra's Lanuf; thuwar forces



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