Reading the Rebels in Western Libya – Looting and Arson in Qawalish

Inside one of the ransacked shops, which also was intact when the rebels arrived.

Inside a burning home last Thursday, the day after Qawalish fell to the rebels. The home was not burning when the Qaddafi forces left.


‘Houses that had not been burning the previous day were afire, and shops were being aggressively looted by armed men in rebel attire. Every few minutes, a truck would pass by on the road, headed back toward Zintan loaded with what seemed to be stolen goods. Animal feed appeared to be a favorite item to carry off. Several trucks an hour carried away bales of hay and sacks of grain. The rebels at the checkpoints at the town’s edge did nothing to stop any of this.’

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