White House Wants Libyan Officials to Pay

February 21, 2011  |  

(Wall Street Journal) — The Obama administration, citing reports that hundreds of antigovernment protesters had been killed and injured in Libya, demanded Sunday that Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s regime punish officials responsible for the violence.  “We are working to ascertain the facts, but we have received multiple credible reports that hundreds of people have been killed and injured in several days of unrest,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said in a statement. He added that “the full extent of the death toll is unknown due to the lack of access of international media and human rights organizations.”

In the Libyan port city of Benghazi, security forces fired on a funeral procession for demonstrators killed in the last week’s protests. Human Rights Watch said they had confirmed 173 deaths in protests so far, doubling their toll from Saturday. But the group and doctors in Benghazi said they thought the final death toll would be significantly higher.

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