Buildings ravaged by fighting in Sirte.
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A leading international rights group Wednesday released a report documenting atrocities by Libya's Daesh (ISIS) affiliate – including instances of "crucifixions" and shooting a man to death for "cursing God" – in the coastal city of Sirte, a stronghold of the militants.The residents were among the two-thirds of the city's 80,000-strong population that fled after Daesh overran Sirte.U.S. military experts estimated in April that Daesh has up to 6,000 fighters in Libya. However, Libyan military intelligence officials have told HRW that the affiliate's numbers are up to 1,800, of whom 70 percent are foreigners. In running Sirte, HRW said Daesh gave homes and all the goods seized from residents who fled to its fighters. Along with witness accounts, the HRW report also offered a glimpse into what life under Daesh has been like in Sirte.
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