According to the following article, incidents such as that one may be part of a general campaign by the rebels to drive black Africans out of Libya. If this story turns out to be true, you can bet that it will never see the light of day in the mainstream media, devoted as they are to the “Arab Spring” and the freedom fighters of Libya:
Libya: Habeshia: Ethnic Cleansing Risk for Black Libyans
(ANSAmed) — Rome, May 25 — Black Libyans risk an ethnic cleansing action in Libya because of the determination against them by Libyans of Arab origin that sympathise with the rebels, who attack them as though they were Gaddafi’s mercenaries. Such is the warning raised by don Mussie Zerai, an Eritrean priest who in Rome presides the Habeshia cooperation and development agency and who reported the “massacre of 800 Africans in Misrata alone”.
He pointed out that the massacre was directly reported to him by African refugees who landed in Italy. It is allegedly documented in a number of videos of the Habeshia agency website that depict “cruel episodes and fury on lifeless bodies”, which are “manifestation of deep held hate”. In Libya there are two ethnic groups not of Arab origin, said don Zerai, and the risk that they may become the victims of ethnic cleansing during the bloody clashes between Gaddafi’s supporters and the rebels is very high. The clergyman claimed that there is still indifference despite the previous warning.
Don Zerai thus asked for the attention of the international community so that “black Libyans are not massacred”, while “hundreds of thousands of Darfur Sudanese” also trapped in Libya, risk “being crushed by this intolerance that is spreading in the territories occupied by the rebels”. Because in his opinion the authors of these murders and violent acts are the anti-Gaddafi rebels. Don Zerai asked “What guarantees is Europe asking from the new lords of Libya freed from Gaddafi? We need at all costs to avoid another genocide in the African continent”. In the past other organisations reported that the risk is also being run by many other immigrants of African origin in Libya, which from the very start of the war have been mistaken for black mercenaries working for Gaddafi.
Hat tip: Insubria.