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Amnesty: Lives of prisoners at risk in Benghazi



Amnesty International has claimed that the airstrikes by the Army under the leadership of General Khalifa Haftar, are compromising the lives of many detainees who are incarcerated in Benghazi.

The organisation made this claim following the release of a video of approximately 130 people held captive by the armed group Ansar Al-Sharia from a military prison in Benghazi.

This was the first occasion the men were seen alive since they were captured. In the video they call for an end to airstrikes which they say have injured many people are putting their lives at risk, the prisoners have no way out and remain under fire.

Amnesty International goes on to say that those carrying out the airstrikes have to take precautions to avoid or at least minimize the harm inflicted on people who are not participating in the battles.

The video that was released on the internet was produced by the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, this is a coalition of armed groups and militias including Ansar Al-Sharia, some reports claim that it is a move by the groups to protect their fighters from a possible attack

Amnesty International claims that such conduct does violate the International Humanitarian Law and could, in fact, constitute a war crime.