1. Aftermath

    Fear of Disease in Tripoli

    Rebel fighters,gesture and climb on the monument in the  Moammar Gadhafi compound in Bab Al-Aziziya in Tripoli, LIbya, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011. Libya's rebel leadership has offered a 2 million dollar bounty on Gadhafi's head, but the autocrat has refused to surrender as his 42-year regime crumbles, fleeing to an unknown destination. Speaking to a local television channel Wednesday, apparently by phone, Gadhafi vowed from hiding to fight on "until victory or martyrdom." (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

    Sergey Ponomarev / AP Photo

    As fighting remained at a lull Saturday in Libya, the bodies of the dead in Tripoli continue to pile up in the city. Bodies of fighters from both sides, civilians, and some people who have been executed have been left in the streets—and the corpses are decomposing in the heat and infested with maggots. The state of the bodies combined with the shortages of water and medicine create a high risk of disease in the city. A spokesman for the Tripoli council says, “We have started immediate action on moving these dead people. There are obviously medical issues involved. There are other shortages and we do not want illnesses to start.”

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