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dateline: 25 October 2011

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Mass Killings Discovered After Gaddafi’s Death

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • transitional: related to the process of changing from one thing to another
  • stronghold: a location that is protected by a strong defensive group
  • wounded: hurt; injured
  • drainage pipe: a hollow system that carries off excess water or sewage
  • abandoned: no longer used or wanted
  • interim: in between terms
  • liberation: freedom

Mass Killings Discovered After Gaddafi’s Death

Libya’s transitional government forces of Sirte, Gaddafi’s last stronghold, as the former leader of Libya was captured and killed. Young fighters reportedly found the wounded hiding in a drainage pipe in his hometown. Evidence suggests Gaddafi was wounded by an and then executed by his captors before being placed on public view in a cold storage facility. The bodies of at least 150 Gaddafi supporters were found in Sirte, including 53 at an abandoned hotel. Many at the hotel were bound at the wrists and had bullet wounds to the head. While Libya’s interim government Sunday as “Liberation Day”, human rights groups began looking into the mass killings. Amnesty International is interested in learning more about before Gadaffi’s death.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who took control of Sirte?
  2. Where was Gaddafi reportedly captured?
  3. Why does the report mention a hotel?

Discussion Question: While some say the death of Gaddafi represents the end of dictatorships, others say it is only the end of the beginning. What do you think?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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