Tripoli: The Amnesty International says it has evidence that forces loyal to Libyan fugitive ruler Muammar Gaddafi have killed at least 150 detainees at two military camps in the capital Tripoli. Escaped prisoners told the human rights body that on August 23, guards at a camp in Khilit al-Ferjan in southwestern Tripoli told the 160 detainees there that doors were unlocked but as they tried to make a break the guards opened fire and threw grenades at the fleeing group, the website of International Amnesty reported on Friday.
Five detainees, arrested with 70 other people during the conflict and held in solitary cells, were killed by Gaddafi forces at Qasr Ben Ghashir military camp on August 24, the report added.
The guards had told the detainees that they would be set free by the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan at the end of August, former prisoners said.
Both camps were reportedly used by the Khamis Katiba brigade which has been commanded by Khamis Gaddafi, the fugitive ruler’s son.
Amnesty International called on pro-Gaddafi forces to stop killing of the captives and urged both sides of the conflict not to harm the prisoners in their custody.