Doctor: Libya Kills Dozens More Protesters

He counts 35 bodies in Benghazi hospital
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 18, 2011 6:00 PM CST
Pro-Gadhafi supporters gather in Green Square after traditional Friday prayers in Tripoli, Libya, Friday.   (Abdel Meguid al-Fergany)
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(Newser) – Libyan security forces waged an escalating crackdown on protesters today. In the country's second largest city of Benghazi, a stream of 35 bodies was brought to one hospital, reportedly of protesters shot while trying to march on one of Moammar Gadhafi's residences, a doctor said. The deaths took place after funerals for more than a dozen protesters shot to death a day earlier.

Survivors of today's clashes said that after the burials, protesters tried to rally outside the Katiba, a military compound where Ghadafi stays when he visits. Security forces inside the compound opened fire on protesters as they approached, the doctor said. Dead and wounded began flowing into the hospital's emergency ward in the afternoon. He said he counted 35 bodies in an ICU unit used as a temporary morgue. Scores more have reportedly been killed already in four days of protests.

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