Britain condemns killing of top Libyan rebel

29th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain on Friday condemned the killing of General Abdel Fatah Younes, the commander of forces fighting to overthrow Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, and called for a full investigation.

Alistair Burt, Britain's minister for the Middle East and North Africa, said he had spoken to Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the chairman of the rebel National Transitional Council, to pass on his condolences.

"I condemn the killing of Abdel Fatah Younes," he said in a statement.

"I have spoken to chairman Abdel Jalil this morning and passed my sincere condolences to him and the NTC leadership.

"Exactly what happened remains unclear. I welcome chairman Abdel Jalil's statement yesterday that the killing will be thoroughly investigated, and he reiterated this to me during our conversation.

"We agreed that it is important that those responsible are held to account through proper judicial processes."

Younes was shot dead by an armed gang after he was summoned from the front by the NTC and his death remains shrouded in mystery.

His killing, and that of two officers with him, deals military and political blows to the rebels that could indicate divisions within their ranks, even as they make fresh advances in a pre-Ramadan push to drive Kadhafi out.

© 2011 AFP

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