In an interview with Christiane Amanpour, Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif, said the military had not attacked Libya civilians, that Libyan diplomats had not abandoned their posts, and that the U.S. should mind its own business. "Show me a single attack, show me a single bomb. The Libyan air force destroyed just the ammunition sites. That's it." he said.
Despite an all-out media blackout where Libyan citizens cannot access Facebook, Twitter, or even Al Jazeera, a flood of graphic images and video continued to leak out of the embattled African nation that bear witness to a regime’s brutal crackdown on protesters calling for the end of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s 41-year rule. These are being passed along, person-to-person on Twitter, alongside warnings that caution to the graphic extent of the material, and calls for Gaddafi to be overthrown.
Many of these videos and photos depict extreme bodily injuries. They are caused, it is said, by an army employing a brutal campaign of suppression—a mix of sniper attacks, fire from helicopter gunships, bombs, and artillery fire meant for tanks. Others show gaping wounds—the result of high-caliber ammo allegedly being used by African mercenaries brought in for thousands of dollars a day.
A series of morgue images have also leaked out, many by one user on Twitter, which depict the bodies of protesters, some cut in two—mutilation the result of the type of ammunition being used on the crowds.
These are “ EXTREMELY GRAPHIC,” as the warnings often say, but given their matter of historical importance, they are now evidence to a brutal crackdown. Please continue viewing this post with caution. The most graphic photos and videos are posted on page two.
1. Protester shot will filming Libyan protests
2. "Another Martyr After Friday Prayer"
This video, posted today, shows the (GRAPHIC) face of a man, bloodied from what appears to be a gunshot through the chin. The video title suggests this man was killed in Fashloum, Tripoli, on Friday afternoon--shot dead by Gaddafi’s security.
3. "martyr in tripoli"
A chaotic video shows a frenzied crowd closing in around the body of a man lying on the ground, wearing a black shirt with yellow stripes, as an older man collapses over him in grief. Blood can be seen pouring from the mouth of the deceased.
4. "Man taking his last breaths in Tripoli"
This sad video shows the face of a protester who had been shot as he struggles to breathe. These breaths are alleged to be his last.
5. "it's live ammunition only"
6. "Allah help me ..."
NPR's Andy Carvin shares this video from a Twitter user showing a fire fight in the streets near Souk Al Juma, Tripoli.
7. "shaheed in fashloom tripoli today"
A short video posted to Facebook shows the body of a man lying in the street in Fashloom, Tripoli.
8. "After Friday prayers"
Powerful gunshots ring out on a tree-lined street in Tripoli, Libya, after Friday prayers. The crowd scatters in all directions as the cameraman runs down an alley with approximately 20 others protesters. Shouts and whistles can be heard coming from all directions.
9. "Friday market today after Friday prayers and the fall of a martyr"
Another gruesome video depicts the body of a fallen middle-aged, well-dressed Libyan, his head lying just feet from a car with its door ajar. A river of blood pools up on his left side. The video cuts to show a bullet-riddled red Hyundai, suggesting this man was shot while driving or parked on the side of the road.
10. Intense firefight: "Tripoli clashes Friday"
A 1:00-minute video shows Tripoli, Libya, in a state of total warfare. Protesters can be heard chanting in unison and walking through the streets as powerful explosions and gunfire erupt in the background.
11. "Qaddafi forces opened fire"
The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof, and a number of others following Friday's protests in Tripoli, is reporting forces loyal to Gaddafi have opened fire on the crowds. The BBC reports this occurred after Friday prayers. Death toll is uncertain.
12. Video posted this morning shows the aftermath of yesterday's attack by pro-Gaddafi forces on protesters gathered in Zawiya's Souq Mosque. The oil-rich city lies 30 miles west of Tripoli.
13. "Tahrir square now, chanting for Libya"
Meanwhile, an image allegedly taken from Egypt's Tahrir Square, shows hundreds of protesters out waving the Egyptian flag and chanting in support of Libya.
14. "Fall of a Martyr"
In a video posted to Facebook shortly after Friday prayers in Libya, the body of a protester is shown being carried frantically by a crowd of people, his face bloodied, and a stream of dark blood pouring from his mouth. The posting claims his death to be the result of "confrontations" at Ahamah Market—it's unclear if this is in Tajoura or Tripoli.
15. "8-year-old girl shot in leg"
Al Jazeera English posts video of Fatima, an 8-year-old girl shot in the leg in Misurata.
16. "Underground prison"
Yesterday, reports surfaced of an underground prison in Benghazi, Libya. Today, video of the prison allegedly surfaces.
17. "God help us, my children are scared to death"
ABC News' Lara Setrakian quotes a woman from Tripoli.
18. "Live Bullets fired at Libyans in Tripoli Libya"
A series of shots ring out in a darkened Libyan alley, as bystanders run for cover.
19. "Raw Video: Amateur Footage of Libyan Fighting"
The AP's posted video given to it by opposition groups in Libya depicting a fierce street battle in Benghazi, and the protests that followed.
20. "An entire family massacred."
A video posted Thursday that alleges to show the car of a family massacred in Tajura, a town near Tripoli where mercenary forces gathered yesterday afternoon.
21. "Mobs Execute 2 Mercenaries in Libya"
Reports from the embattled country suggest Gaddafi has hired bands of African militiamen to crack down on the protesters. This video purports to show the bodies of two of these mercenaries, captured by anti-government forces.
22. "He's dead, he's dead. They killed him. The dogs"
This video alleges to show the fiery aftermath of an artillery attack in Tripoli, Libya.
23. “Tripoli, Libya Mass Burial”
This video shows "the aftermath of Gadaffi's death squads," taken at Ashaat Cemetery in Tripoli, Libya, on February 22, 2011.
24. "Derna Libya Soldiers Killed for Not Killing Their Own"
25. "1500 young men buried alive in an Underground room in Benghazi"
An audio report from a witness reporting the discovery of 1,500 men kept in an underground prison in Benghazi.
26. “Dear god so much blood”
27. “Washing a baby killed in Benghazi”
28. “Demonstrator Killed by Sniper”
29. "What weapon causes this?"
30. “peaceful protester murdered by Sniper”
31. “World. Open your eyes”
32. “gaddafi burns soldiers in barracks”
33. “Warning, not safe for children.”
(Credit: @ LibyanThinker)
34. “Photo's of a Mercenary's ID”
35. “A Quran that stopped a bullet”
36. “Scenes from #Benghazi morgue”