Friday, April 1, 2011

Libya: West guilty of crimes

A Danish F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighter flies over a NATO Airbase in the southern Italian island of Sicily.

The Libyan government has accused the Western-led forces of crimes against humanity, saying their bombing strikes have killed civilians.

The US-led strikes on Libyan targets are "immoral" and Western-led forces have committed "crimes against humanity," AFP quoted Libyan government's spokesman Mussa Ibrahim as saying on Friday. Ibrahim said six civilians were killed on Thursday in the village of Bouargoub near the strategic oil city of Brega, east of Tripoli, where Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi's loyalists and revolutionary forces have been engaged in heavy battles. Medical sources also said at least seven civilians were killed in Wednesday's raid on the village of Zawia el Argobe, 15 km (9 miles) from Brega. The airstrike also wounded more than 25 civilians and destroyed several nearby homes.
The Libyan government spokesman also accused the Western-led forces of targeting checkpoints manned jointly by civilians and police along the 400 kilometer (244 miles) road between Sirte and Ajdabiya.
Charles Bouchard, Commander of NATO operations in Libya, said on Friday that NATO would investigate reports that up to 40 civilians were killed in a Western bombing strike near the capital, Tripoli. Article here

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