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A Zoo in Gaddafi Villa in Libya Is Reported to Have Stored Weapons in Boxes with Russian Custom Marks
31.08.2011 16:02
A Zoo in Gaddafi Villa in Libya Is Reported to Have Stored Weapons in Boxes with Russian Custom Marks
The ruins of a zoo in one of Gaddafi's villa

This could be a movie plot, except that this is happening right now in Libya. The rebels have broken into the villa that belongs to Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam. The villa's territory famously included a zoo with lions, tigers, gazelles, and other animals. One would have thought of a happy-end story for our animal friends... except that the zoo appears to have hid a bunker with weapons.


      

It follows from the initial overview that the villa's territory was designed to conceal a well-developed maze of bunkers under the guise of hills. Army munition and weapons, including machine guns, have been found in what was supposed to be a zoo. What comes as a particular surprise is that rocket launchers that were discovered in one of the bunkers were kept in boxes marked "Ramenskoye". 


      

Rebels have been raiding the houses that previously belonged to Gaddafi since February 2011 when they burst in and looted his villa in Al-Bayda. Only a few days ago they ransacked what appears to be the site in the news - a Tripoli-based Bab al-Aziziya residence of Gaddafi and his son. People now also begin to visit these sites, The Guardian reports, where some take photos while others, predictably, take things away with them.


      

Already in February the airplanes flew from Ramenskoye to Tripoli, to collect Russian citizens who resided in Libya. Russia-InfoCentre has reported in July 2011 about the transfer of humanitarian aid to Benghazi from Ramenskoye airport in Moscow, not far from the Moscow State University. The cargo weight amounted to 36 tons and was expected to help alleviate the hardships caused by the prolonged armed conflict. It appears that these very boxes with "Ramenskoye" custom marks have now been found in Gaddafi's nest.  It is possible that the boxes with humanitarian aid had been emptied and then re-used to store artillery and munition. Anti-Russian analysts will likely interpret this differently. Whichever version is true, Russia's position has certainly been compromised.


      

There has been no news as to whereabouts of animals. Meanwhile, The Times reports the rebels claiming that they have established where Gaddafi is hiding, and that his capture is imminent.


      

Source: The Times, Komsomolskaya Pravda. Image courtesy of Demotix.com


Author: Julia Shuvalova

Tags: Russia Russian politics    

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