A Libyan woman burst into a Tripoli hotel filled with foreign journalists, saying she had escaped from where she had been tortured by Kaddhafi’s soldiers for more than two days. Security and hotel staff tussled with her and reporters for more than an hour, before she was ultimately dragged away and put in a car. The British reporter from the Financial Times (the man in the light blue oxford shirt who is seen trying to protect her and who attempted to get between her and the car) was deported after the incident, according to the New York Times. She told the reporters her name is Eman al-Obeidy, showed them bruises on her face and body, scratches on her body, rope burns at her ankles and wrists, and blood on her inner thighs, and said that more than 15 soldiers had raped her, and urinated and defecated on her. A spokesperson for the Libyan government initially said al-Obeidy was drunk and mentally ill, and that she is back in jail.
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UPDATE: More details and raw video from the NYT reporter at the scene. UK’s Channel 4 coverage. Video from Reuters of the spokesman saying “she was drunk” and being mocked by reporters after the jump.