Tuesday, August 9, 2011

NATO air raid in Zliten leaves at least 85 dead

At least 85 people were killed in a raid by fighter jets from NATO at dawn today in Zliten, east of Tripoli, according to the official news agency Jana. The agency, quoting military sources, said that most victims are women and children and is an operation of "collective extermination." The airstrike was launched against the popular district of Majer, where besides the dead several dozen people suffered injuries of varying degrees, according to sources.

Also, Jana announced that the Libyan government has decreed three days of official mourning across the country. For its part, government spokesman in Tripoli, Ibrahim Moussa, said the victims came from 12 different families and 33 children are in particular, 32 women and 20 men. "The city has been attacked for allowing the rebels to enter Zliten the south.

After the first shells residents have run home to try to save their loved ones where they have lost their lives in the subsequent bombing," the spokesman said.

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