Turkish ship evacuates wounded from Libya city

April 5, 2011 - 0:0

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – A Turkish ship rescued 250 wounded from the besieged Libyan city of Misrata on Sunday, but left behind thousands of people pleading to be evacuated, a Turkish diplomat and witnesses said.

Swathed in bandages, evacuees on board gave one of the most detailed accounts yet of conditions in Misrata, the last major rebel-held city in western Libya, and surrounded by government troops after rising up against Muammar Gaddafi in mid-February.
""It is very, very bad. In my street, Gaddafi bombed us,"" said Ibrahim al-Aradi, 26, who had wounds in his groin.
""We have no water, no electricity. We don't have medicine. There are snipers everywhere,"" he told Reuters.
Others spoke of Gaddafi's forces bombing mosques and houses.
""When Gaddafi's men hear the NATO planes they hide in houses and mosques. When the planes are gone they destroy them,"" said Mustafa Suleiman, a 30-year-old computer engineer.
""Even the big supermarket was destroyed. Some of my friends were killed. We have no vegetables, no fruit, only bread. Gaddafi wants to kill Misrata by fighting and starvation,"" Suleiman said.
Guarded by heavily armed Turkish police special forces, wounded men of all ages lay on mattresses on one of the car decks of the ship, a white car ferry called the Ankara chartered by the Turkish government.
They had wounds in all parts of their bodies, and were being attended by Turkish medics.
Hamen, a Libyan doctor who was accompanying the men, said: ""Misrata is terrible. I have seen terrible things. Thirty people killed in one day. These are my patients. I must stay with them but I want to go back.""