Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Gaddafi hides rockets, munitions in Leptis Magna, a World Heritage Site

File photo of Libya's leader Gaddafi in Tripoli
Leptis Magna, one of the most magnificent and intact remains of the Roman Empire, runs the risk of destruction as pro-Gaddafi forces use it for military operations and camouflage their high-powered munitions, rebels claimed yesterday.
Known by various names such as Lectis Magna, Lebda, Lebida, Lepcis Magna, Lpqy and Neapolis, the World Heritage Site is located 130 km (81 mi) east of the Libyan capital.
Rebel leader Abu Mohammad said, "We received information yesterday that Gaddafi's forces are hiding inside Leptis Magna."
Because Gaddafi knew his enemies will not attack historical sites, his troops had moved Grad rockets and weapons into Leptis Magna, in a report by The Australian.
"There are more than five Grad rocket-launcher trucks among the ruins. They are inside the old buildings because they know that NATO will never destroy the area," according to rebel commanders.
It was also reported that government forces are hiding in civilian areas like schools, hospitals and summer camps to avoid NATO attacks.
Founded in 1100 BC, the Libyan World Heritage Site is one of the best preserved memoirs of the Roman civilization in the Mediterranean complete with arches, baths, forums and theater, Wikipedia said.
The birthplace of Lucius Septimius Severus who ruled the Empire between 14 April 193 and 4 February 211, Leptis Magna was the third greatest Roman city in Africa after Alexandria and Carthage.

The attached YouTube video shows what treasures that will be destroyed if opposing forces bomb the place.
Details of this report here.

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