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Red Cross office hit by rocket in Benghazi

TRIPOLI — A rocket-propelled-grenade struck the local offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi overnight, the organization’s spokeswoman said Tuesday.

“The premises of our delegation were hit by an RPG rocket but there were no casualties,” Soaad Messudi, the ICRC spokeswoman in Libya, told Agence France-Presse.

She said the organization was in contact with Libyan authorities for details on the incident.

Ms. Messudi said the ICRC has been present in Libya since an uprising against Moammar Gadhafi erupted in February 2011 and has since carried out humanitarian operations without taking sides in the North African country.


Police officers sentenced for killing protesters

CAIRO — An Egyptian court sentenced five police officers to 10 years in prison in absentia Tuesday for killing protesters, in a rare conviction of security officials accused of using deadly force against the demonstrations that overthrew Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Typically defendants who do not appear in court automatically are convicted but also receive a new trial once apprehended.

Families of slain protesters attending the court session, however, counted the convictions as a victory. They broke down in tears and chanted “God is great!” in a show of relief.

Until now, of the nearly 200 police officers and security officials who face charges related to the killing of protesters in 2011, one was convicted in absentia. When he had a retrial, he received a one-year suspended sentence.

Others are still standing trial, including Mr. Mubarak himself. A verdict in his case is expected next month.

Of the 17 defendants who appeared Tuesday before the Giza Criminal Court, two others received one-year suspended sentences while 10 others were acquitted.

The 17 were charged in the killing of five protesters and the injury of 17 others in front of three police stations during Egypt’s 2011 uprising in Giza, Cairo’s twin city.

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