Rape as war tactic, redux: Libya

02.04.2011 § 1 Comment

“Look at what Gaddafi’s militias did to me,” Miss Obeidi told journalists at the weekend. “Look at what happens – Gaddafi’s militiamen kidnap women at gunpoint, and rape them – they rape them.”

Although Miss Obiedi lives in Tripoli, she suggested her connections to the rebel-held east had prompted the attack. Powerful military defectors, Gen Abdulfattah Younis al-Obeidi and Suleiman Mahmoud al-Obeidi. are prominent supporters of the uprising against Col Muammar Gaddafi. She said: “Easterners – we’re all Libyan brothers, we are supposed to be treated the same.”


Journalists have been unable to learn Ms. al-Obeidy’s whereabouts since she was removed by force from the Rixos Hotel here after scuffles between security personnel, hotel staff and foreign journalists she had been trying to approach on Saturday.

Mr. Ibrahim initially described her as drunk and potentially delusional. Then, later on Saturday, he called her sober and sane. And on Sunday he termed her a prostitute and a thief.

Hundreds of women to came out in protest of Obeidi.






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