Wednesday, May 25, 2011

4 blasts shake Tripoli after NATO sorties

A British RAF Tornado jet operating in Libya

Wed May 25, 2011 11:44PM

The sound of four explosions has echoed across Tripoli as NATO warplanes flew sorties over the Libyan capital and carried out another round of airstrikes.

The blasts rocked an area near the center of Tripoli late on Wednesday night, but the exact targets could not be identified, AFP reported. Early on Wednesday morning, several missiles hit the Bab Al-Aziziya district of Tripoli, where Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi's residence is located.
NATO warplanes also attacked Gaddafi's residence on Monday. The Libyan government said nineteen people were killed and more than 150 others were injured in the airstrikes.
Earlier on Wednesday, US President Barack Obama said pressure on Gaddafi should continue until he is forced out of power.
Canadian Brigadier-General Richard Blanchette said on Wednesday that NATO airstrikes have made it difficult for Gaddafi to communicate with his forces. Blanchette added that NATO has carried out more than 3,100 aerial attacks on Libya since the outset of operations.
Meanwhile, Russia has once again condemned the NATO airstrikes that have caused civilian casualties. Moscow said the recent deadly attacks by the military alliance go beyond the UN resolution authorizing military action. And the African Union has called for a political solution to the crisis in Libya. The AU has voiced opposition to the military campaign in the North African country on a number of occasions. Article source here

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