About 1,000 believed killed in Libya violence: UK

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 31, 2011 9:26 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - About 1,000 people are believed to have been killed in clashes between supporters and opponents of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the British government said in a human rights report published on Thursday.

In a quarterly update on human rights in Libya covering the period since an uprising began against Gaddafi's rule, Britain's Foreign Office said it was appalled by reports of serious human rights violations during the conflict.

"Whilst there has been no official death toll, several sources report that approximately 1,000 people have already been killed and many more have been injured during the recent violence," it said.

(Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Jon Boyle)