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Fury over attack on British war graves in Benghazi



Attacks on the graves of British servicemen in Benghazi, Libya, have been described as "appalling" by Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne.

The Foreign Office said 200 graves and a Cross of Remembrance were damaged at the Benghazi British Military Cemetery.

The Benghazi War Cemetery was also targeted. Both cemeteries commemorate British and Commonwealth nationals who died during or after World War II.

The Libyan authorities apologised and pledged to catch those responsible.

The damage was "unethical, irresponsible and criminal", the ruling National Transitional Council said.

Liberal Democrat minister Mr Browne condemned the attacks but said he did not believe that only British or Christian graves had been targeted.

"My grandfather's generation were truly heroic in that part of Africa in the Second World War and I think people will be shocked by what they see," he told the Sky News Murnaghan programme.

"It is worth saying the Libyan authorities themselves are shocked too.

"They have been extremely apologetic and made a very strong commitment they will get to the bottom of this. They will try and do everything they can to resolve it."

He added: "I would not want people to think this is somehow an ingratitude by the government of Libya. That's not the case."

Video footage made by the attackers showed about a dozen armed men kicking down headstones and trying to damage a cross.

The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse, in Tripoli, said the attackers referred to "Christian dogs" and a Jewish memorial was also targeted.

Our correspondent said the attack was "calm, almost casual".

It is believed the attack could have been carried out in retaliation for the burning of the Koran by US soldiers at a military base in Afghanistan last month.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "On 24 and 26 February over 200 headstones and the Cross of Remembrance in the Commonwealth War Graves Benghazi British Military Cemetery were deliberately damaged, as were approximately a quarter of the headstones in the Benghazi War Cemetery."

The Benghazi War Cemetery, which was vandalised first and where the footage was taken, contains the remains of servicemen killed during the Second World War.

The Military Cemetery was used for the military personnel and their dependants stationed in Libya following the war.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) said on its website that [url=http://www.cwgc.org/news-events/latest-cemetery-information/benghazi-war-cemetery.aspx]headstones were "broken and disfigured"[/url] at both cemeteries, which are roughly a mile apart.

A spokesman said the organisation was "deeply saddened" by the incident.

The BBC understands that at some point during the attack on the British Military Cemetery a group of older people intervened to stop it, preventing further damage.

The CWCG said it would conduct a full survey of the damage at both cemeteries once it was safe to do so.

"Both cemeteries will be restored to a standard befitting the sacrifice of those commemorated at Benghazi, but this could take some time because we will need to source replacement stones," the CWCG said.

"In the meantime we will ensure that temporary markers are erected over the graves."

No-one was injured in the attack, it said.

It is understood a separate attack was carried out on the Italian War Graves Cemetery, also in the eastern city of Benghazi.

The Foreign Office said officials from its Embassy in Tripoli had visited the cemeteries and raised the issue with the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Benghazi chief of police.

Concerns were also raised with NTC chairman Abdul Jalil and interim Prime Minister Abdurrahim al-Keib, it said.

In response, the NTC said in a statement on its website: "Some people attacked the graves of non-Muslims in Benghazi, including the graves of some of the nationals of friendly countries, including the states of Britain and Italy."

It adds that it "severely denounces such shameful acts and vows to find and prosecute the perpetrators according to Libyan Law".

The Foreign Office said Libyan authorities had instructed police to make regular patrols to halt any further attacks.

In June last year Foreign Secretary William Hague laid a wreath at Commonwealth war graves on a trip to Benghazi.

BBC Southern Africa correspondent Karen Allen said that up until now Commonwealth war graves had been respected in Libya, and it was sad to see attacks in Benghazi.

In November last year our correspondent reported that Tripoli War Cemetery, one of five Commonwealth war cemeteries dotted across Libya, was left untouched during the uprising.

The CWGC held services at its cemeteries in Tripoli, Benghazi and Tobruk to mark the 93rd Armistice Day last year.

There are 1,214 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated at the Benghazi War Cemetery. Of the 1,051 identified graves, 851 are British.

Many were members of the 7th Armoured Division, known as the Desert Rats, who fought for control of Libya and Egypt between 1941 and 1943.

The Benghazi British Military Cemetery has 284 burials, 11 of them unidentified. The graves are of servicemen and women who died in the region in the years following the Second War.----

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17244211


Added: Mar-4-2012 Occurred On: Mar-4-2012
By: MB-UK
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Tags: muslim, bastards, desecrating, british, war, cemetery, benghazi
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  • nuke the fucking place....

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    • @fat belly
      Don't expect this to be available in the msm....they are wagging the dog in Syria under the radar supporting AQ and thier oil masters in Saudi Arabia.

      oh
      but lets not go there.......Not in this decade of the war anyway

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  • Umm, they don't have regard for the living...what makes you think they will respect the dead?

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    • @Duckmanlivesagain
      Too bad Sarah Palin wasn't VP.
      the lib msm would be ALL OVER these stories 24/7.

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  • what, the Foreign Office complaining? the same William I-like-wrestling-with-other-like-minded-men-in-my-private-life-in-private-circumstances-and-my-wife-understands-my-needs Hague? I thought 'Mr' Hague was friends with these characters, he told everyone that the west and Britain especially should spend their treasure and use their assets to help these lovely peaceful respectful people to overthrow their wicked evil tyrant of a leader who incidentally would have put these animals through a liqu More..

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  • call me a bad christian , but id shoot all them rag heads dead

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  • You can't teach a cave man honor.

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  • I think oBama should apologize to his african muslim brothers for allowing the visable insult to the prophet to offend him for 65+ years.

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  • We need a worldwide byrn a quran day. And follow that with a worldwide slap a muslim with bacon day.

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  • Muslims are among the most dishonorable cultures on the face of this earth.

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  • •The Commission maintains graves and memorials at some 23,000 locations in over 150 countries worldwide.

    •Our smallest cemetery is Ocracoke Island (British) Cemetery, North Carolina with just 4 burials.

    Of the 23,000 cemeteries and burial plots over half are to be found in the United Kingdom.

    In addition to commemorating the Commonwealth forces, we maintain 40,000 war graves of other nationalities and more than 25,000 non-war military and civilian graves on a repayment basis.

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  • Ahh! The face of libyan democracy in action! Take a look western countries, your tax $ paid for THIS.

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  • "They that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind"

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  • Don't worry...we won't complain too much. I can see Hague calling the Libyan government, laughing over a few broken stones as a side note while he closes a few oil contracts. Our government doesn't give a shit about the greatest generation. But if it was a few Paki graves, they'd be protesting to the UN.

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  • So it is ok for them to destroy these graves without any repercussions but the moment their precious little book gets burned it's time to kill?? Fucking pathetic.

    This is getting nowhere near as much attention as the Quran burning. Some muslims whine and whine and whine about shit so much that it is blown up on the news. They remind me of the little tattletale on the playground.

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  • This bitches have no honor, there's no honer getting revenge on something that can't shoot back...

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  • They're too effing thick to understand that these peoples graves they're damaging gave their lives to free their
    country from the Nazis and their allies!!
    It's a F**king disgrace!! no wonder the Libyan authorities are annoyed, at least they maybe understand the sacrifice.

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  • Keep it classy Islam.

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  • even UK's worst enemy in Libya (Gaddafi) respected the british cemetery and looked after them and these fuckers has the AK47 from UK, donations from UK, trained by UK/US and mossad and destroy the british cemeteries.. Well done Cameron, you know who are your friends are.

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  • Like they give a fuck about those who died ?
    All they want is the fucking oil.

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  • Oh come on it's not that bad.
    Yet they have done a great job reminding you that you are just a bunch of internet whining fools.
    At least Muslims protested when the Quran was burned.

    So shut the f#ck up or do something instead of whining and swearing.

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    • @Mood King You know you're right. I think just because of this I will slaughter a couple Muslim families because my god (my personal god I made up) told me to.

      Hope you rot and someone gets your ass piece of shit.

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    • @MaDKroniK
      Hay dump ass who said anything about slaughter but hay thats the nature of all americans, slaughter comes directly to your mind when trying to give a stupid answer like your stupid ass retarded ancestors did with the Native indians and blacks.
      Now go and f#ck your stupid sheep ass mind of yours.
      If the Muslims are bad and evil i support them and already joined there side at least they are doing something they belief in and they are not trying to hide it and they are not afraid of doi More..

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    • @Mood King No the burning of the Quran didn't spark an outrage where people were being slaughtered for a BOOK. They have every legitimate right because they're defending their beliefs? Doesn't sound any different from America now does it?

      My personal god told me I have to do what he asks and anyone who doesn't believe in my god is not worthy of life. Do you believe in my god? If not tough shit, you still have to listen otherwise I will force you to. ;)

      Dump ass? I think you meant dumbass.

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  • This videos proves a Muslims intelligence level..very low! And the Muslims of Britain and around the world claim Islam is a peaceful religion...LIARS!

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