Clashes Continue in Libya; Toll for East Estimated at 400

10.03.2011 - Trípoli - Democracy Now!

At a hospital in Benghazi, a Libyan doctor said more than 400 people have been killed in the east.

Doctor: *”A total more than 300, if we’re talking about a total, in Benghazi. And we have, according to the record of medical record in Al Bayda, Darnah, Al Marj and Tobruk, the total number is plus-minus 100 killed at the first time—I mean, since the 17th ’til the 20th of February. So the total number in the east of Libya, more than 400 now.”*

**BBC News Crew Detained, Beaten by Libyan Forces**

A BBC news crew has described being subjected to torture and a mock execution at the hands of Libyan government forces. Three journalists say they were held for 21 hours after being arrested at a checkpoint south of the city of Zawiyah on Monday. A crew member of Palestinian descent was singled out by a security officer and beaten severely. The reporters were caged and hooded. At one point they were forced to face a wall, and a man in plain clothes placed his gun on the necks of the detained journalists and fired two shots next to one reporter’s head. Camera operator Goktay Koraltan said they were detained along with other prisoners who had been tortured.

Goktay Koraltan: *”I can’t describe how bad was it. They were, most of them, hooded and handcuffed really tightly, all swollen hands, broken ribs. They were in agony. They were screaming. There was a big operation going on there, and from second floor, I heard a lot of screaming. And I can’t describe. It was horrible, the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life, and I’ve seen a lot of bad stuff.”*

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