Sept 9, 2014
Two years ago four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed during a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Since then the North African country has slipped into chaos with no working government prompting the U.S. government to evacuate its remaining embassy.
Watch Kimberly’s San Diego 6 News TV segment here
Renewed violence by terrorist organizations has unleashed anarchy, destroyed many government buildings, including the capital’s airport. Multiple reports also claim that 11 commercial planes have disappeared sparking new fears of another 9/11 -style attack.
State Department spokesperson Mary Harf said, “the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, and we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya.” (New video shows militants diving and swimming at the U.S. compound)
Now a new report from the United Nations says the turmoil has forced more than 250, 000 Libyans from their homes in the country’s two biggest cities, Tripoli and Benghazi. It also says the militias have abducted members of rival groups as well as civilians, engaged in torture, and brutally killed thousands more.
President Obama order airstrikes in Libya in March 2011 amid regional uprisings or “The Arab Spring.” He deployed U.S. military resources to facilitate regime change and depose long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
The conflicts in both Libyan cities have led to a deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation. In Tripoli, there have been power outages lasting 18 hours a day, and shortages of water, petrol, cooking gas, as well as other essential items like milk, bread and meat.
The lack of fuel delivery has critically affected other essential services. “Banking facilities are still limited and common criminality has risen markedly. A Crisis Committee was formed under the Prime Minister’s Office in order to address the humanitarian situation, but due to the divisive political situation, parallel bodies were formed in some areas, under local councils or at the initiative of civil society,” according to a United Nation’s report.
Other key takeaways from the 14-page report UN Support Mission in Libya include: “Indiscriminate shelling and attacks on civilian objects, inaccurate casualty figures, prohibiting medical care, mass detentions, abductions, torture, assassinations, inadequate treatment of 250 thousand refugees, attacks on the press, and a failing court system.”
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Did the CIA and State Department run illegal weapons trafficking in Benghazi: Link Here
Benghazi revealed, Stevens was the target and kill list is the cause: Link Here
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