Two British activists with a humanitarian convoy destined for the Gaza Strip were subjected to a brutal gang rape by five men in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, the deputy prime minister said Thursday.
The two sisters of Pakistani origin “were brutally raped in front of their father,” Awadh al Barassi said on his Facebook page, condemning “a horrible act.”
Barassi said he had been to see the two victims in Benghazi on Thursday, and that the family was “in a very bad psychological state.”
The women, accompanied by their father on the convoy organised by a Turkish NGO had been destined for the Palestinian coastal enclave when it was blocked from leaving Libya and entering Egypt.
The activists had been on their way home after abandoning a 10-vehicle convoy bound for the Gaza Strip, which had been halted by guards at the Libya-Egypt border.
Libya’s deputy PM Awsad al-Barassi said the women, of Pakistani origin, were in “very bad shape”.
Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry added: “A heinous crime has been committed.”
The sisters and their father were due to fly home to Britain today.
The Foreign Office has been informed.