Sunday, April 3, 2011

NATO airstrikes kill Libyan civilians

NATO airstrikes also hit a convey belonging to Libyan opposition forces near Brega

Source: Press TV

The warplanes belonging to the Western-led military coalition have killed several Libyan civilians as they dropped bombs on the opposition-held town of Brega.

The opposition says at least 13 of its fighters and several civilians were killed in a NATO airstrike on the outskirts of Brega on Saturday.

The Libyan regime also says at least seven civilians were killed when foreign jets pounded a village near the oil city of Brega.

The developments come one day after a top Vatican official said NATO airstrikes on Libya have killed dozens of civilians.

Iovanni Martinelli said on Friday that there were several witness accounts that least 40 civilians have been killed in Western bomb attack in Tripoli alone.

The US-led military alliance admits that its forces have killed dozens of civilians and wounded several others in the ongoing aerial attacks on key Libyan cities.

A top NATO commander has recently said that the alliance has launched an investigation into the killings.

Meanwhile, revolutionary forces confirm that they have regained control of the oil town of Brega from forces loyal to the embattled ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

Several bodies belonging to pro-Gaddafi fighters and burnt-out army vehicles have reportedly been seen along the road in the eastern suburbs of the city.

Brega has been the scene of intense fighting between government troops and the revolutionary forces in recent days.

Gaddafi's troops have now started their offensive to recapture the city of Misratah from the revolutionaries.

The government has rejected a ceasefire proposal by the opposition.

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