Monday, March 21, 2011

India regrets military attack on Libya

A US F-16 plane takes off from the Aviano air base on March 20.

Source: Press TV

India has expressed regret about the airstrikes on Libya carried out by France, Britain and the United States, calling for a peaceful solution to the crisis.

"It regrets the airstrikes that are taking place. The measures adopted should mitigate and not exacerbate an already difficult situation for the people of Libya," a statement by the Indian foreign ministry said on Sunday.

"India views with grave concern the continuing violence, strife and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Libya," the statement added, AFP reported.

China and Russia have taken the same stance on the attacks on Libya.

The Arab League also condemned the aerial attacks, saying the aim of the UN resolution was to protect civilians, but the West's military action has worsened the humanitarian conditions.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed opposition to the airstrikes on Libya, saying they could have dangerous consequences.

However, the strikes continued on Sunday and four Danish fighter jets took part in the operation. The administrative building of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi has reportedly been destroyed completely.

Libyan state television announced on Sunday that 48 people were killed and 150 were wounded in the strikes, including civilians.

With the Western allies pounding targets in Libya from the air, clashes continue on the ground between Gaddafi troops and revolutionary forces.

More than 94 people were reportedly killed by Gaddafi loyalists in the opposition-held city of Benghazi on Sunday, even now that the Libyan government halted air attacks, medics said.

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