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UN Panel Says Both Sides Committed War Crimes In Libya

A United Nations commission of inquiry into human rights violations committed during the 2011 uprising in Libya says both forces loyal to the late leader Muammar Qaddafi as well as the opposition are guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

In a report released on March 2, the commission said pro-Qaddafi forces committed murder, torture, rape, and other crimes within their "systematic attack against a civilian population."

It said anti-Qaddafi fighters committed unlawful killings, arbitrary arrests, and torture, among other violations.

The commission also described NATO's air campaign in the country as "highly precise," with "a demonstrable determination to avoid civilian casualties."

It said it was unable to determine the causes surrounding Qaddafi's death after Libyan authorities declined to provide the commission with access to his autopsy report.

With AP and AFP reporting
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