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XI Khums

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Due to the fact that Khums was inaccessible for a large part of the conflict, there is limited information available upon which to confirm alleged violations. However, horrific human rights violations were documented after the fall of the Qadhafi regime. One of the most well documented violations that took place in Khums was committed by Qadhafi soldiers who detained, tortured and killed men held captive in shipping containers used as detention facilities. The suffocation and ultimate death of these men was preceded by grave acts of torture and degrading treatment. After the fall of the Qadhafi regime, thuwar groups, mostly from Misrata, also targeted the Tawerghan community in Khums for arbitrary arrest, torture and ill-treatment. These attacks were part of a wave of racially-motivated violence carried out by Misrata katiba that pursued Tawerghans for reprisal violence in the wake of the conflict.

Keywords:Khums; Misrata; Qadhafi; tawerghan; violations



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