NATO announces strikes against Gaddafi command sites

NATO will continue its campaign to degrade the Gaddafi regime forces.

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2011, 23:32 PM IST

Brussels: NATO`s commander in chief for
the operation in Libya on Tuesday announced military strikes
against Muammar Gaddafi`s command centres, including Tripoli
and a brigade accused of leading attacks on civilians.

"NATO conducted deliberate, multiple strikes against
command and control facilities of the Gaddafi regime last
night," the alliance said in a communique from its Brussels
headquarters.

It said these strikes targeted "communications
infrastructure used to coordinate attacks against civilians,
and the headquarters of the 32nd Brigade located 10 kilometres
south of Tripoli."

Libya`s official news agency JANA reported earlier
that NATO air strikes on Tuesday hit the Libyan capital
Tripoli; Sirte, Muammar Gaddafi`s home town; and the town of
Aziziyah, south of the capital.

Deputy foreign minister Khaled Kaim said these raids
were carried out "at the request of the rebels who are
preparing to carry out massacres in the region."

Early in the afternoon, AFP journalists in Tripoli
reported at least one plane flying over the capital.

"NATO will continue its campaign to degrade the
Gaddafi regime forces that are involved in the ongoing attacks
on civilians," Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard added.

Bureau Report