A video released on September 17, shows Libyans allegedly working together to rescue J. Christopher Stevens following the September 11th attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi according to the Associated Press.
The video’s authenticity has been confirmed with pictures following the attacks and shows a group of Libyans carrying Stevens’ body out of the rubble. The group had come across him in a dark room while conducting a search of the building. On the video, the group is chanting “God is great” and “Alive, Alive.”
AP reported about the frustration expressed by the Libyans as to not seeing any ambulance or first aid on hand.
Officials from the United States and Libya are trying to determine who was behind the attack and it is still unclear as to whether the attacks “had been planned beforehand or sparked by an anti-Islam film made in the United States that, hours before the Benghazi assault, had sparked protests at the American Embassy in Cairo,” according to AP.
Free lance videographer Fahd al-Bakoush, shot the video of the extraction of Stevens and recounted that he was breathing and his eyelids flickered when they found him.
The AP states three witness stories follow that of Dr. Ziad Abu Zied who treated Stevens last week. Zied in an interview last week with AP stated that Libyans brought the ambassador to the Benghazi hospital with no other Americans around.
Shortly following the attacks on the embassy, and hearing of the death of Stevens, many Libyans took to showing support and honoring the late ambassador. In a USA. Today article, a Libyan Youth Movement transformed its Facebook page with a cover photo of Stevens and tagged “RIP Christopher Stevens 1960-2012.” The story goes on to describe signs that could be seen throughout protests the next day in honor of Stevens, pointing to one that said, “USA. We are sorry. We are sad.”
Indian Country Today Media Network reported September 14, that Stevens, who was a member of the Chinook Tribe, was involved in broking large disputes and conduct outreach in Jerusalem, Cairo, Damascus and Riyadh. The article also shared the overall feeling that Stevens was well liked and a bright rising star in the Foreign Policy community.
Watch this CNN video on the release of the video.