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NATO dubs Libya war crimes claims ‘outrageous’

Posted by on June 19, 2011 0 Comment

Brussels: NATO said on Saturday that claims by Muammar Gaddafi’s regime that the alliance was perpetrating war crimes in Libya were “outrageous”.

Responding to accusations of “war crimes and crimes against humanity” by Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi in Tripoli, NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said in a statement that “the claims made by Gaddafi and members of his regime are outrageous.”

“It is Gaddafi and his regime that have been systematically and brutally attacking the Libyan people.”

Speaking at a Tripoli news conference, Mahmudi said his accusations were based on NATO “directly targeting civilian sites” with air raids over the past three days.

“We are conducting operations with utmost care and precision to avoid civilian casualties,” Lungescu said.

“Civilian casualties figures mentioned by the Libyan regime are pure propaganda.”

The Libyan prime minister also called for “an urgent meeting” of the United Nations to examine “crimes committed by NATO against Libyan civilians,” saying the alliance had hit targets including a university and a hotel in Tripoli on Friday.

In its daily operational update, NATO listed its Friday hits in Tripoli as two military vehicle storage facilities.

In the vicinity of Tripoli, the alliance hit an armoured vehicle storage and maintenance facility, three surface-to-air missile loaders and three self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, it said. Zeenews

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