By Ashraf Abdul-Wahab.
Tripoli, 13 January 2014:
It is reported from Tobruk that the remains of at least one . . .[restrict]British soldier killed during the Second World War have been found in Al-Qaara area, east of the town. The discovery is said to have been made by a local family.
Tobruk was scene of major fighting in 1941 first when British-led forces captured the town from the Italians and then afterwards when the Italians and Germans laid siege to it. Over 1,300 Allied soldiers died there, half of them Australians.
Tobruk Archaeology Office researcher Ihab Emsallati confirmed that a group from the office had inspected the remains, adding that among the possessions found with the remains were Egyptian coins bearing the head of King Farouk as well as a watch and a pen.
He said that the group also found in the area, four bullets and a German Iron Cross medal.
The British Embassy are looking into the reports.
In an earlier echo of the Qaddafi calling supporters of the 2011 Revolution “rats”, the same term was used by Nazi propaganda to describe the British-led forces during the 1941 Siege of Tobruk. They likewise adopted it, becoming known as the Desert Rats. [/restrict]