Libyan rebels free prisoners near Tripoli

MAYA, LIBYA - Libyan rebels on Sunday released dozens of prisoners held in Maya, 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of Tripoli, as they marched towards the capital, an AFP journalist said.

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Published: Sun 21 Aug 2011, 9:28 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:31 PM

The pale and emaciated prisoners, including some showing apparent signs of beatings and torture on their bodies, were driven away from the detention centre in the middle of a clash around the jail.

The prisoners were locked in small metal container-like cells, each holding an average 20 inmates.

Backed by tanks, heavy machineguns and assault rifles, rebels were marching from the western Nafusa mountains towards Tripoli, clashing with loyalist forces at different points along the road.



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