Bombed Libya military target, not civilians: NATO

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 00:32

Sorman: NATO insisted an air
strike west of Tripoli hit a military target and not civilians
as claimed by Muammar Gaddafi`s regime, while a British air
force chief warned Tuesday of Libya overstretch.

NATO, reversing an initial denial, acknowledged its
warplanes early on Monday carried out strikes in the Sorman
area, 70 kilometres (45 miles) from Tripoli, but said its
warplanes bombed a "high-level" command and control node.

Libyan government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim said 15
people, including three children, were killed in the attack,
which he slammed as a "cowardly terrorist act which cannot be
justified."

Ibrahim said the attack was on an estate of a veteran
comrade of Kadhafi, Khuwildi Hemidi, who served on the
Revolution Command Council Kadhafi created when the strongman
seized power in 1969.

Journalists escorted there by authorities saw damaged
buildings on the sprawling estate.

Reporters were also taken to Sabratha hospital some 10
kilometres from Sorman, where a correspondent saw nine
bodies, including two children. They also saw body parts
including a child`s head.

Canadian Lieutenant General Charles Bouchard,
commander of NATO operations in Libya, insisted the military
was targeted.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 00:32

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