Reuters: Gaddafi forces sow landmines in east Libya
(Mar 31) Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces have sown land mines in areas around the city of Ajdabiyah, adding a dangerous new element to the war on the eastern front, human rights and mine experts said on Thursday. The mines include Brazilian-made anti-personnel mines and Egyptian-made anti-tank mines. […]
The first field was sown around electricity pylons a few yards off the Ajdabiyah-Benghazi road in an area of sand near the town’s Eastern Gate, Peter Bouckaert, a Human Rights Watch monitor in Benghazi, told Reuters.
Mine clearers marked out 24 anti-tank mines and 30 to 40 anti-personnel mines, he said, adding that many vehicles and people on foot pass by the area. […]
Bouckaert said his team had also found stocks of mines abandoned by Gaddafi’s forces. “We found 12 warehouses of anti-vehicle mines in Benghazi, tens of thousands of them,” he said. […]
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