Tuesday, July 5, 2011

NATO warplanes bomb key Libyan towns

A NATO aircraft flying in the Libyan sky

Source: Press TV

Libyan state media report that the warplanes belonging to the Western-led military coalition have carried out overnight attacks on two strategically important cities.

The report quoted a Libyan military source as saying that the NATO raids hit civilian checkpoints set up to control traffic in the town of Bani Walid, some 200 kilometers southeast of Tripoli.

The Libyan state-run Jamahiriya news agency said NATO targeted the port and checkpoints in the western city of Zuwarah.

NATO has recently intensified its attacks on Libya in an alleged attempt to increase pressure on long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

A popular uprising to oust Gaddafi began in mid-February. The protests then turned into an armed conflict after the government's deadly crackdown on demonstrators.

Revolutionary forces want an end to Gaddafi's decades-long rule.

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

Experts say the main motive behind the Western attack on Libya is the vast oil reserves of the country.

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