27 Feb '11, 10pm

"Free flight to Tripoli offer came with a gun. Pro-Gaddafi mercenaries nervously await their fate." #Libya #feb17

AL BAYDA (Libya) - Crowded into an empty classroom which stank of unwashed bodies and reeking of fear, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's defeated mercenaries awaited their fate. A week earlier, the men - Libyan loyalists of the dictator and black African recruits - had been flown to airports throughout eastern Libya and sent out into the streets to shoot protesters in a murderous rampage. They killed dozens before they were overwhelmed by anti-Gaddafi militias. The 150-or-so survivors were filthy, far from home and fearful of execution. Most looked dazed. Some were virtually children. "A man at the bus station in Sabha offered me a job and said I would get a free flight to Tripoli," said Mohammed, a boy of about 16. He said he had arrived looking for work in the southern Libyan town only two weeks ago from Chad, where he had earned a living as a shepherd. Instead of Tripoli, he wa...

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