Up to 15,000 killed in Libya war: U.N. rights expert

GENEVA Thu Jun 9, 2011 12:59pm EDT

A view of an empty street in the Libyan town of Kalaa, which fell to rebels earlier this week and bombed by the forces of Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi, in the Western Mountains, some 90 km (60 miles) southwest of the capital Tripoli, June 8, 2011. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

A view of an empty street in the Libyan town of Kalaa, which fell to rebels earlier this week and bombed by the forces of Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi, in the Western Mountains, some 90 km (60 miles) southwest of the capital Tripoli, June 8, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Youssef Boudlal

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GENEVA (Reuters) - An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people have been killed on both sides in four months of fighting in Libya, according to Cherif Bassiouni, who led a U.N. Human Rights Council mission to Tripoli and rebel-held areas in late April.

His panel found evidence of war crimes by Gaddafi forces, including attacks on civilians, aid workers, and medical units. Aircraft, tanks, artillery, Grad rockets, snipers were used. It also found some evidence of crimes by opposition forces.

Libya has denied the charges and accused rebels of butchery and cannibalism.

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