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Hundreds of Daesh corpses are rotting in the Libyan food freezer

The bodies of more than 740 suspected radicals stored in a facility southeast of Misrata in 2016 continue to be dismantled during a power outage and government burial decision.

“Keeping your body in the freezer is expensive and stressful,” says Sarah Ahmad, a police station that handles this compound. (Reuters)

The bodies of hundreds of Daesh terrorists killed in battle a few years ago are rotting in a food freezer outside the city of Libya, and authorities are considering what to do with them.

The bodies of 742, stored in a dusty corner of a complex southeast of Misrata, were collected from battlefields and informal tombs by an internationally recognized government in 2016. There was no agreement on where to bury it.

Instead, the conflict in Libya collapsed, the front line changed, the government changed, and the financial crisis went on and off. During that time, the power supply to the refrigerated container was cut off, and the corpse began to disassemble.

Operated by police units and surrounded by fences and security cameras, this compound gives off a foul odor of corruption. Weeds grow between the containers and an abandoned forensic tent stands under the burning sun.

“Long-term power outages exacerbate the situation and exacerbate the stench,” said Sarah Ahmed, a police unit dealing with compounds.

Identification problem

Originally assembled for identity verification and proper burial, even fighters identified by documents and former comrades remain uncollected by foreign states and families, and it is the Tripoli government to dispose of them. Is entrusted to.

The plan to allocate a burial site to the city of Sirte, which Daesh seized in 2015 and held for over a year, was thwarted when the front line moved.

The other was to bury them in a graveyard dedicated to immigrants who originally died when trying to cross Libya to Europe, but it was canceled because it was not large enough.

Police forces operating the compound say the interim government immediately allocated a budget to bury the body. No date or location has been announced.

The national unity government did not respond to the request for comment.

Meanwhile, Tripoli authorities have other priorities in the political turmoil that has undermined elections and the ongoing conflict between the local forces that control their territories.

The vote planned last month was seen as a possible way to give the new Libyan ruler a clearer mission to ultimately deal with the remnants of the ugly war. However, no vote was taken in the battle over the basic rules between rival factions.

Radicals abused chaos

Libya collapsed after the 2011 NATO-backed rebellion against Mu’ammar Al-Kadafi as a victorious rebel group dropped out and political factions fought for control of a lucrative state agency.

In the turmoil, and elsewhere, when the Arab Spring Uprising created a new wave of combat, Daesh followers launched an attack and began occupying territories, including Kadafi’s hometown of Sirte.

Hundreds of foreign supporters of the group slipped into Libya hoping to join a local fighter rallying in the cause.

The image of Daesh’s black flag flying over the major cities of Libya was, for many, a symbol of the collapse of the country.

Hundreds of extremist bodies were left under rubble or in shallow tombs dug by their companions when pro-government forces conquered the group in silt in late 2016 after months of fighting. I did.

Apart from the massive shootings in Tripoli in 2019, Daesh was subsequently limited to small attacks on remote desert towns, but some experts said the war would recur significantly. , Warns that there may be room to return.

“It is expensive to store the body in the freezer.”

The previous administration ordered the bodies to be collected from rubble, dug out of mass graves, identified and returned to their country of origin or Libyan family.

We also wanted to collect evidence of the influx of foreign fighters into Libya.

Authorities used documents and photographs to identify more than 50 bodies, primarily from Arab and African countries, by talking to captured militants, but tentatively identified British women and French children. Did.

Police currently caring for the bodies say they want the interim government to be able to find a solution quickly. 4 out of 10 refrigerator units are not functioning. When that happens, the body must be moved by something.

Libya is a major oil producer, but political turmoil has undermined its infrastructure, including electricity supply.

“Keeping your body in the freezer is expensive and stressful,” Ahmad said. “The conditions are not appropriate.”

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