Friday, April 22, 2011

The NATO air strikes leave 11 dead south of Tripoli

Algiers .- Eleven civilians were killed and 18 injured in Libya during air strikes on Wednesday, combat aircraft by NATO against two cities located south of Tripoli, reported the Libyan news agency Jana. The agency, quoting military sources said that seven of these civilians were killed and 18 injured in night bombing of NATO in the region of Jelat The Fordjan.

The source added that such attacks have also caused the destruction of numerous homes and other infrastructure. The other four civilians were killed in the region of Bir El Ghanem, where there have been property damage, according to Jana. Yesterday, Libyan state media accused the NATO air forces to destroy the infrastructure of communication and transmission of audio and video in several cities.

State television has broadcast images that purport to represent the damage to one of these infrastructures in Sirte, the hometown of Muammar al-Gaddafi. The last few days, NATO has intensified its attacks in various parts of Libya, especially in the region of Tripoli, Sirte and Aziziya against ammunition depots, means of air defense and military command posts.

NATO has taken command of operations in Libya to enforce the no-fly zone on 31 March. The spokesman for the Libyan National Transitional Council (CNT), a political body of the rebels, Abdelhafidh Ghoga, held yesterday at a press conference in Benghazi, the role of NATO in operations to protect civilians in Libya improved after being "rather weak and ineffective" in recent days.

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