The United Nations Libya mission has condemned what they are calling "brutal and outrageous summary executions" in the eastern city of Benghazi. The revelation was received after pictures emerged that appear to show at least 10 people being shot to death at the site of a twin car bombing.
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The picture and video are being circulated on social media and appear to show the executions in front of Benghazi's Bayaat al-Radway mosque at the site of two car bombings Tuesday that killed at least 35 people. Gunmen dressed in military fatigues stand in front of a row of blindfolded alleged terrorists in blue jumpsuits.
The scene is made all the more ominous by the damaged mosque gates in the foreground that were destroyed by the car bomb. The lead gunman walks along the row of men and fires a barrage of bullets into them all. Crowds watching the execution chant, "The martyrs blood will not go in vain."
Other men in military fatigues loaded up the dead bodies into two trucks and drove off. The UN Libya mission, UNSMIL, demanded on Twitter that the gunman who they believe to be Mahmoud al-Werfalli be immediately handed over to the International Crime Court (ICC).
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">1/2 UNSMIL is alarmed by reports of brutal and outrageous summary executions in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Benghazi?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Benghazi</a> 2day. <a href="https://twitter.com/UN?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@UN</a> demands the handing over of Mahmoud alWerfalli immediately to <a href="https://twitter.com/ICCT_TheHague?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ICCT_TheHague</a> as it documented at least 5 similar cases, in 2017 alone, carried out or ordered by alWerfalli.</p>— UNSMIL (@UNSMILibya) <a href="https://twitter.com/UNSMILibya/status/956264391166611458?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 24, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Mahmoud al-Werfalli is a special forces commander wanted by the ICC for carrying out similar executions in the past. The LNA announced it was investigating al-Werfalli and had even detained him at one point but his whereabouts are currently unclear. Human rights activists will be quick to condemn the executions but one must consider the entire picture in all its context.
In a third-world country where terrorists are allowed to roam free and murder as they wish because of a lack of a structured government, military and police force, it is perhaps the only method of sending a message to such criminals that the killing of innocent civilians will not go unpunished.
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