Libyan eastern commander ignores UN probe, conducts summary executions of over dozen persons (Video inside)

A screen grap from a video posted Sunday on social media showing pro-Haftar Saiqa commander conducting summar execution of scores of detainees (Photo: Libyan News)

A video was posted on social media on Sunday showing the infamous IS-styled commander of the eastern Saiqa Force of Operation Dignity Mahmoud Al-Werfalli conducting with fighters under his command summary execution of over a dozen persons.

The shocking video that was posted today showed Al-Werfalli ordering different firing squads to shoot at point blank range the blindfolded men in orange suits, just like IS militants do in their execution videos.

The video appeared days after the UN urged the eastern forces of Operation Dignity led by Khalifa Haftar to investigate summary executions of prisoners, voicing concern about the fate of those still in their custody.


In the report of the UN, the UN human rights spokeswoman Liz Throssell said reports and videos posted earlier have suggested the involvement of Special Forces, a unit aligned with the Operation Dignity in torturing detainees and summarily executing at least 10 captured men, calling on the group to suspend Mahmoud Al-Werfalli from his duties as a Special Forces field commander pending the conclusion of such an investigation.

A video circulating on social media in March showed Al-Werfalli shooting dead three men who were kneeling and facing a wall with their hands tied behind their backs, Throssell said. The video was reported by many local media outlets and newspapers.

In June, two further videos appeared to show summary executions carried out by Haftar forces’ fighters on Al-Werfalli orders.

“One of these videos, which emerged on 9 June, shows four men kneeling with their hands tied behind their backs who are shot dead as Al-Werfalli watches,” she said.

“The latest video, which was posted on social media this month, seems to shows Haftar-led fighters kicking and taunting prisoners, while Al-Werfalli is apparently heard accusing two men who have their hands tied behind their backs of belonging to terrorist groups,” she added, according to the UN report last Tuesday.

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