Three British woman working with a humanitarian aid convoy destined for Gaza have been raped by Libyan soldiers in Bengazi, after being kidnapped by the soldiers and a taxi driver.
After leaving Britain for the Palestinian Gaza Strip, the aid convoy had been stalled at the Libyan – Egyptian border for several weeks. After the rape, the three women were taken to a Libyan hospital and are reportedly in a bad psychological condition. Two of the perpetrators are soldiers of the regular Libyan military, while the third perpetrator is a taxi driver.
The Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Al-Basri, who visited the three women at the hospital, appeared on the Libyan television station al-Hurra, expressing his regret over, that two of the rapists had been Libyan soldiers. Al-Basri stressed, that the rapists behavior and crime does not reflect the ethics of the Libyan army.
Two of the raped women, who are sisters, were kidnapped together with their father. All three of the women were part of the humanitarian aid convoy. The woman were reportedly raped while the father of the two sisters, and colleague to the third woman was forced to witness the outrage.
The aid convoy has been organized by IHH, a humanitarian NGO based in Turkey. The convoy itself was named after the Marvi Marmara, the Turkish Gaza Flotilla vessel which was boarded by Israeli troops in international waters while en route to the Gaza Strip.
After Libya was overrun by foreign backed Islamist Extremists with ties to the Al-Qaeda linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, LIFG, under the command of the mastermind behind the Madrid Train bombings in 2004, Abedelhakim Belhadj, and after a new Libyan government was installed with the aid of NATO and GCC member states, many of the extremists acquired positions of government. The country has since been unstable and the situation is by many described as a state of virtual anarchy.
One such example, would be, that the commander of Al-Qaeda´s LIFG, Abdelhakim Belhadj, has since become the military governor of Tripoli. Although a regular, or government sanctioned Libyan military exists, the country is still largely policed by local militia, many of them with ties to international terrorist organizations. Rape, robbery, kidnappings and extortion for ransom have become rampant in Libya after the Gadhafi led government was ousted in 2011.
During the foreign backed subversion of Libya, rape, often committed by so-called rebels who were drugged by synthetic drugs provided among other via Qatar, was systematically used as a weapon. During the height of the armed subversion in 2011, a French journalist was raped to death and the video was put on Youtube.
Although the Libyan Deputy Prime Minister states, that the behavior of the two uniformed soldiers who took part in the kidnapping and rape of the three British women does not reflect the ethical standards of the Libyan military forces, it may be true on a level of political leadership and at the level of the military high command. The reality on the ground, with the country largely being policed by armed gangs and militia who interface with the regular military forces however, indicates that rape, robbery and kidnappings very much reflect the reality of the Libyan military´s ethics.
So far, there has not been released any information about, whether the three rapists have been arrested.