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Wounded Libyan Fighters Recover At Mass. Hospital

Nearly two dozen Libyan rebel fighters flown to the U.S. after being severely wounded in their country's civil war are recovering at a Boston-area rehabilitation hospital.

Several of the men spoke to reporters Thursday at the Spaulding Hospital North Shore. They thanked their doctors and U.S. officials who helped arrange the treatment, which is paid for by Libya's transitional government.

The wounded fighters range in age from 16 to 49. Doctors say they're suffering from various forms of trauma, including gunshot and shrapnel wounds, head and spinal cord injuries.

Thirty-year-old Osama Ali El Amin said he was shot while attending an anti-government protest in Tripoli. The bullet fractured his arm and remains lodged in his chest.

Doctors said several of the men could be in the hospital for months.

This program aired on November 10, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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