British War Graves Smashed in Libya

A furious mob desecrated dozens of Commonwealth War Graves in a Libyan cemetery on Friday 24th Feb 2012, amid continuing fury over the burning of the Quran by U.S. soldiers. Headstones commemorating British and Allied servicemen, killed during World War II campaigns in the Western Desert, lay smashed and strewn across the Benghazi Military Cemetery.

Last year, according to the Independent, the British Government spent an estimated £3 million pounds per-day, assisting the Libyan rebels to overthrow Colonel Gaddaffi, as British Prime Minister David Cameron stated, "I am proud of the role that Britain has played in helping them to bring that about and I pay tribute to the bravery of the Libyans who helped to liberate their country".

The Telegraph (see 17.18) also reported in August, that Sky News confirmed how a "consignment of replacement headstones, wrapped in card on a forklift pallet, to be installed at the carefully tended Commonwealth War Grave in Tripoli was left on the roadside after British relations with the Libyan regime deteriorated. They were used by local rebels as roadblocks. Locals became embarassed when they saw the crew filming it, and quickly found a forklift truck to move them to safety".

The above picture is of Field Marshal Bernard 'Monty' Montgomery, right, enjoys a brew with troops just 24 hours before the El Alamein during the Western Desert Campaign in north Africa in 1942.


The headstones commemorating the deaths of allied servicemen, who fought in the Western Desert campaigns between 1942 to 1943, lay smashed on the ground


The mob rampaged through the grave yard after President Barack Obama apologised for U.S. soldiers burning the Quran


A gravestone in Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya, bears the scars of the rampage. Some 1,214 graves are marked in Benghazi War Cemetery.



Above video was taken at the Benghazi Cemetary in 2004, while Libya was under the rule of Colonal Gadaffi. Below is the video of the Benghazi Cemetery since the NATO backed rebels took power.

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