In the battle against ISIS, the Libyan Army appears to be giving the terrorists a “dose of their own medicine” as they have reportedly executed a group of them in the same manner ISIS has executed others.
A video, dated July 17, has emerged showing 18 blindfold men, thought to be ISIS fighters, kneeling on the ground in orange jumpsuits, as they are shot dead, one row at a time, by executioners with semi-automatic assault rifles.
According to the Daily Mail, the mass execution comes after Khalifa Hafter, a former soldier under the Gaddafi regime in the Libyan National Army, has declared victory over ISIS in Behghazi.
Mahmoud Al-Werfalli, the commander of the eastern Saiqa Force of Operation Dignity, reportedly ordered the execution of the ISIS members. In the video, a man seen reading from a piece of paper is alleged to be Al-Werfalli.
United Nations spokeswoman Liz Throssell has condemned the executions, stating, “We are deeply concerned that, after recent fighting in Benghazi, people taken prisoner by members of the Libyan National Army, which effectively controls eastern Libya, may be at imminent risk of torture and even summary execution. Reports have suggested the involvement of Special Forces, a unit aligned with the LNA, in torturing detainees and summarily executing at least 10 captured men.”
Throssell called for al-Werfalli to be suspended of his duties as a Special Forces field commander, while the matter is being investigated. “We urge the LNA (Libyan National Army) to ensure there is a full, impartial investigation into these allegations,” Throssell stated.
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