Citizens of Abyar in Libya awoke to a horrifying scene on Thursday morning of more than 30 bodies showed signs of torture before they were executed. The massacre only adds up to countless others Libya has witnessed.
The video which surfaced on various social media sites shows the lifeless figures with their hands tied, while the man filming carried a stick and proceeded to whack their faces and bodies.
Authorities east of Libya confirmed that 36 bodies were found scattered on the road to the cement factory between Abyar and Benghazi – an area under Libyan army control. The authorities said the deceased had their hands tied and you can see bullet marks all over their bodies.
According to local Libyan media and security sources, some bodies were identified including those of 19 suspected extremists including 19 foreigners. These people were reportedly captured at different times and were locked in several undisclosed prisons, said the authorities.
The mass executions in Libya carried out from time to time outside of the law are raising concerns among Libyans and local and regional international human rights organizations about the persistence of these crimes and the increasing number reprisals. These acts are threatening peace, social cohesion, national reconciliation and efforts to establish a state of law.
Controversial strongman Khalifa Haftar, whose self-proclaimed Libyan National Army controls the region, ordered an enquiry to find their killers, the pro-Haftar LANA news agency reported.
In Tripoli, a national unity government opposed to an eastern administration backed by Haftar called the killings a “heinous crime and a horrible act,” and said it would also launch an investigation.