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War in Libya – Libya and World – News (March to July 2011)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Laaska News June  21,2011

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NATO hits house of historic leadership in Libya, killing at least 13: gov’t spokesman 

TRIPOLI, June 20 (Xinhua) — NATO airstrikes hit in the wee hours of Monday morning the house of El-Khweldi el-Hamedi, a member of the historic leadership in Sebrata city, some 80 km west of Tripoli, said a Libyan government spokesman.

Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim told Xinhua that at least 13 people were killed in the NATO airstrike, including Hamedi’s spouse and son and another ten civilians, adding that Hamedi has survived the NATO missile strike.

NATO has recently been ratcheting up military pressure on the regime of embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to quit.

Libyan officials have continually charged that NATO airstrikes have damaged civilian facilities and killed hundreds of civilians.

The most recent figures from Libya’s health ministry show 856 civilians have been killed in NATO air raids since they began in March. The figure could not be independently confirmed.

The world’s major powers, the UK, the U.S. and France, started on March 19 to launch strikes from the air and sea against Gaddafi ‘s forces after the UN Security Council passed a resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and authorize “all necessary measures” to protect civilians in Libya.

NATO formally taken over full command and control of military operations against Libya from the U.S. on March 31.

Libyan gov’t slams NATO raids on civilian neighborhood 

TRIPOLI, June 19 (Xinhua) — A Libyan government spokesman on Sunday condemned NATO air raids on a civilian neighborhood, calling the attack another “barbaric” crime “deliberately targeting civilians.”

Mussa Ibrahim said the leaders of the United States, Britain, France and Italy in charge of the military actions in Libya should take the moral and legal responsibilities for the attack, which targeted a residential area with no military facilities or weapons installed nearby.

NATO warplanes struck the neighborhood early Sunday morning, killing 9 people, including five members of a family, and wounding 18 others. As a Xinhua reporter saw at the scene, a three-story building was reduced to crumbling wrecks, dozens of homes and scores of vehicles nearby damaged or destroyed, and windows of a school building shattered.

NATO warplanes were circling overhead for more than one hour after the raids, causing great panic to local residents.

In a statement issued later on Sunday, NATO admitted that civilian casualties were caused during the airstrikes — in the first such acknowledgement since the alliance began its air operations in March.

According to other reports, fighting intensified Sunday between rebels and government troops outside the port city of Misrata, the main rebel stronghold in western Libya, leaving 9 people dead and 15 others wounded.

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Laaska News June  18,2011

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Libya War:10 killed, 40 wounded in Misrata attacks

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Libyan rebels: Misdirected NATO airstrike probably injures 16 rebel fighters

BEIJING, June 17 (Xinhuanet) — Libyan rebels say a NATO airstrike was the most probable cause of an incident where at least 16 rebel fighters were injured near the village of Amreer Gabes on Thursday, 30 kilometers northwest of Ajdabiyah.

The rebels said that most probably a NATO airstrike mistakenly hit the location, but that the cause was being investigated. There is fear elsewhere among rebel fighters that they will be mistaken for Gaddafi forces by NATO warplanes. On the streets of Benghazi residents viewed it as a mistake in war.

Mostafa Al-ereby, Libyan citizen, said, “Mistakes in war are expected to happen, it is not a big problem, mistakes must happen, it is out of our control, but we hope that NATO intensifies its air strikes to get-rid of Gaddafi.”

Libyan rebels say a NATO airstrike was the most probable cause for an incident where at least 16 rebel fighters were injured near to the village of Amreer Gabes on Thursday evening (June 16), 30 km (18 miles) northwest of Ajdabiyah.

The head of rebel-media centre in Ajdabiyah, Farag al-Moghraby, said that most probably a NATO airstrike mistakenly hit the location, but that the cause was being investigated.

The eastern frontline between rebel forces and troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has remained largely static between Ajdabiyah, held by the rebels and a gateway to their stronghold in Benghazi, and the oil port of Brega, held by Gaddafi troops.

On the streets of Benghazi residents, who spoke to Reuters, put it down to a mistake in war.

“Mistakes in war are expected to happen, it is not a big problem, mistakes must happen, it is out of our control but we hope that NATO intensifies its air strikes to get-rid of that tyrant (Gaddafi),” said Mostafa al-Ereby.

“We are sacrificing our lives for NATO, the most important is that NATO for sure will kill that tyrant. I would have been delighted it NATO had hit me with an airstrike if it brought happiness to Libyans,” Mohamed Abdelah said.

There is fear elsewhere among rebel fighters that they will be mistaken for Gaddafi forces by NATO warplanes: west of their stronghold of Misrata, where they are inching towards Zlitan, some 160km (100 miles) from Tripoli, they have relinquished some positions for feat that NATO jets flying at 15,000 feet will mistake them for pro-Gaddafi forces.

NATO air power, led by Britain and France has been bombing Gaddafi targets for weeks in support of a U.N. resolution to protect civilians but it has been key to allow the rebels to make gains.

As well as the east of Libya, and the area around Misrata, the rebels hold the Western Mountains, south of Tripoli, where they have captured a number of towns recently.

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