27 Mar '11, 2am

Libyan woman storms into Tripoli hotel to tell reporters of her rape by govt troops; is dragged away by hotel staff

Libyan woman storms into Tripoli hotel to tell reporters of her rape by govt troops; is dragged away by hotel staff

Hands from hotel employees trying to grab her, and foreign journalist attempting to protect her, surround Iman Al-Obeidi (right), after she stormed into the hotel's breakfast room to show her wounds to foreign media after her alleged assault. -- PHOTO: AP TRIPOLI (Libya) - A DISTRAUGHT Libyan woman stormed into a Tripoli hotel on Saturday to tell foreign reporters that government troops raped her, setting off a brawl when hotel staff and government minders tried to detain her. Iman al-Obeidi was tackled by waitresses and government minders as she sat telling her story to journalists after she rushed into the restaurant at the Rixos hotel where a number of foreign journalists were eating breakfast. She claimed loudly that troops had detained her a checkpoint, tied her up, abused her, then led her away to be gang raped. Her story could not be independently verified, but the ...

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