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Libyans fleeing revenge attacks take shelter at construction site

 

On Sunday, the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch accused militias from the coastal city of Misrata of "terrorizing" displaced residents of the nearby town of Tawarga, in retribution for the townspeople's alleged collaboration in atrocities committed by Gaddafi forces.

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Displaced Libyan children from the city of Tawarga live in prefabricated houses for workers at a construction site in Tripoli on Nov. 3. Misrata militias are carrying out revenge attacks on the displaced residents of the nearby town of Tawarga, a stronghold of Moamer Kadhafi loyalists during Libya's eight-month conflict, according to Human Rights Watch.

"Revenge against the people from Tawarga, whatever the accusations against them, undermines the goal of the Libyan revolution," said Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW's Middle East and North Africa director.

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Displaced Libyan children from the city of Tawarga live in prefabricated houses for workers at a construction site in Tripoli on Nov, 3.

These early signs may be part of the inevitable chaos that follows the end of any conflict. Yet they are adding fuel to pro-Gadhafi feelings at a time when people are waiting for the NTC to show signs of strong leadership.

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Displaced Libyans from the city of Tawarga live in prefabricated houses for workers at a construction site in Tripoli on Nov. 3. Misrata militias are carrying out revenge attacks on the displaced residents of the nearby town of Tawarga, a stronghold of Moamer Kadhafi loyalists during Libya's eight-month conflict, according to Human Rights Watch.

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A displaced Libyan woman from the city of Tawarga lives in houses built for construction workers at a construction site in Tripoli on Nov. 3.