NATO killed 7, bombed food stores: Gaddafi regime

Strewn around were hundreds of bags of rice, tomatoes and veg oil which smouldered with smoke.

Updated: Jul 25, 2011, 20:58 PM IST

Zliten (Libya): Libya`s regime accused
NATO of killing at least seven people and destroying food
stocks on Monday in Zliten, east of Tripoli, after rebels repulsed
a counter-attack by loyalist troops south of the capital.

The strike on the small clinic for communicable
diseases occurred between 8:00 and 8:30 am (0600-0630 GMT), a
local official said to a correspondent among a group of
foreign journalists on a guided tour of the western town.

The journalists saw a completely destroyed building
with a crescent sign at its entrance and ground scattered with
gloves, oxygen bottles, pharmaceuticals and stretchers, but no
victims.

Five ambulances were on standby as rescue teams
scoured the rubble for other possible victims.

The reporters were also taken to another part of
Zliten where they were shown three damaged food storage
buildings and another still on fire, which the government
minders also blamed on NATO attacks.

Strewn around the site were hundreds of bags of
rice, tomatoes and vegetable oil which smouldered with smoke,
as firefighters tried to extinguish the flames.

Residents said the strike occurred at around 3:00
am (0100 GMT).

In the same compound, journalists also saw another
completely destroyed building which bore the name
"Agricultural Security".

The government minders also told the correspondents
of other air strikes in the early hours of Monday that caused
"civilian casualties," although they did not elaborate.

In the same compound, journalists also saw another
completely destroyed building which bore the name
"Agricultural Security".

The government minders also told the correspondents
of other air strikes in the early hours of Monday that caused
"civilian casualties," although they did not elaborate.

PTI