Hamas Slams Libya Crackdown

The Palestinian Islamic resistance movement Hamas has harshly condemned the brutal crackdown against pro-democracy protesters in Libya.

Hamas, the democratically-elected Palestinian government in Gaza, denounced the killings of pro-democracy protesters by forces loyal to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and called for unity among Libyans.

Libyan Human Rights League says since the beginning of anti-Gaddafi protests across Libya, over 6,000 people have been killed and many others injured during clashes between mass protesters and pro-Gaddafi forces.

On Wednesday, a fighter jet loyal to Gaddafi fired at least two missiles in the eastern town of Brega near a square where opposition forces were celebrating their victory over pro-regime fighters. There have been no reports of casualties so far.

Earlier in the day, at least 14 people were killed in clashes between pro-Gaddafi forces and opposition fighters in Brega.

Pro-Gaddafi jets also bombed an arms depot in the nearby city of Ajdabiya.

Protesters, who now control the eastern part of the country, including Libya’s second-largest city of Benghazi, say they will continue their demonstrations until Gaddafi steps down.

The UN has accused Libya of committing gross and systematic violations of human rights and has suspended the country from its Human Rights Council.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said he was formally opening an investigation into crimes against humanity in Libya.

The embattled Libyan leader, however, said on a TV broadcast on Wednesday that he would "fight until the last man and woman" and warned about dire consequences of Western intervention.

"We will not accept [an] American intervention. This will lead to a bloody war and thousands of Libyans will die if America and NATO enter Libya," Gaddafi said.

Lebanon’s resistance movement of Hezbollah has also condemned the violent crackdown.

(Press TV)

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