The scenes outside a routed pro-Gaddafi camp in Tripoli bear witness to the ferocity of the rebels’ attempts to mop up the remaining pockets of loyalist resistance.
Human rights groups say Gaddafi’s use of foreign mercenaries has made all sub-Saharan Africans potential targets for revenge.
Our correspondent in Tripoli Mustafa Bag reports: “Gaddafi loyalists were found here in the Abu Salim camp. The fighting went on all night. Several African soldiers died here. You can see the possessions of the troops who fled. Those who couldn’t escape died right here.”
Aid agencies warn that several hospitals in the city are running desperately low on vital medical supplies.
One patient told us he was from Chad. euronews asked how he came to be alive in the hospital amid all the corpses. He said it was down to the grace of God and the work of the doctors but he remained optimistic that things would get better, slowly.
Medical staff at Abu Salim made it a priority to move what patients they have to a hospital with better facilities.
One aid worker told us: ‘The doctors from Abu Salim have organised a transfer of the remaining patients to the Tripoli Medical Centre. The International Committee of the Red Cross is assisting them to transfer these patients.’
euronews asked: ‘Are there mercenaries — the soldiers of Gaddafi — among them?’
She replied: ‘We have no information (on that).”
The corridors and wards of Abu Salim’s hospital look more like a mortuary than a treatment centre.
The charity Medecins Sans Frontieres is planning to send an emergency medical team and supplies to Tripoli in the next few days.