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HRW: Libya crackdown on protests kill 24

Libyan security killed at least 24 people in a violent crackdown on anti-regime demonstrations according to Human Rights Watch

AFP , Friday 18 Feb 2011
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Libyan security forces killed at least 24 people in a violent crackdown on anti-regime demonstrations during a "Day of Anger" against strongman Moamer Gaddafi, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

The New York-based rights group, citing witnesses, said 24 protesters were killed and scores injured during Thursday's assaults on protests in two Libyan cities.

"The authorities should cease the use of lethal force unless absolutely necessary to protect lives and open an independent investigation into the lethal shootings," HRW said in a statement.

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