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Fleeing foreigners bear witness to Libya bloodshed

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Fleeing foreigners bear witness to Libya bloodshed


Back on home soil after escaping the turmoil in Libya, Bosnian evacuees received a rapturous reception from loved ones at Sarajevo airport.

But, amid the emotional reunions, expats had chilling accounts of the horror they had left behind.

Jasmin Ibragic, who was working 10 kilometres from Tripoli, said it is not true that 1,000 people have died. He insists 5,000 have been killed, including 590 in just one overnight bombing.

There were similar scenes and stories in Athens as Greek nationals, repatriated on military planes sent by their government, were greeted by loved ones.

Tony, one of the Greek evacuees, said he saw gunfire at close range. “I personally saw four cold-blooded executions in the street. Four executions.”

Another repatriated Greek national, Vangelis Vrakas, said anyone approaching the airport was attacked. “They carried batons and sticks, the policemen I mean, or they could have been mercenaries as well, as many were black,” he said.

As evacuations intensify, news that one Greek embassy worker has suffered gunshot wounds, demonstrates that no one is safe from the chaos gripping Libya.

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