Libya Rebels: Massacre Will Be on World's Conscience
Red Cross flees Benghazi as Gadhafi attack looms
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2011 1:21 AM CDT
A mini bus laden with suitcases drives out of Benghazi past a rebel checkpoint.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – As Moammar Gadhafi's forces make their way toward Libyan rebel stronghold Benghazi, the situation in the city is getting tenser by the moment, reports the BBC. A spokesman for the rebels' council says there will be a "massacre" if the international community fails to intervene. Gadhafi will "kill civilians, he will kill dreams, he will destroy us," he said. "It will be on the international community's conscience." Libya's ambassador to the UN—who has defected from the Gadhafi regime—warns that "we will see a real genocide if the international community does not act quickly."

The International Committee of the Red Cross, fearing an imminent attack, has withdrawn from Benghazi and moved its staff to the eastern city of Tobruk. The Libyan Red Crescent has been left with supplies for some 15,000 people. "We are extremely concerned about what will happen to civilians, the sick and wounded, detainees and others who are entitled to protection in times of conflict," said a Red Cross spokesman. Gadhafi, meanwhile, says he expects to recapture the city without a fight. Benghazi residents, he says, have been helping to "oust al-Qaeda elements."

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beckjr2000
Mar 17, 2011 11:48 AM CDT
"we will see a real genocide if the international community does not act quickly." Failed Civil Wars have consequences! Leave while you still can.
JackNelsonSteward
Mar 17, 2011 6:38 AM CDT
Let's be clear here, The "massacre," should it happen, will be at the hands of and the responsibility of those who order the killing and those who pull the triggers. They are to be held responsible for their actions, criminally if appropriate, and should be treated appropriately as opportunities present themselves. If action is to be taken on the rebels' behalf, there is more than sufficient capability in the surrounding Arab states to take it. The United States can certainly support THEIR actions and we should NOT be at the front of the effort and no Libyan dust should ever be found on American boots.
n230099
Mar 17, 2011 5:33 AM CDT
Libya, as a Country, celebrated the Lockerbie bombing that they perpetrated. There are no 'good guys' there. How the hell did it all of a sudden become OK to have another military intervention into yet another Country? "Rebels" are good because they're 'rebels'? Stop the madness...just say no.