NATO has said that it “strongly regrets the loss of life” after a “friendly fire” attack on rebel tanks in eastern Libya, which left at least four dead.
“This is a very unfortunate incident. I strongly regret the loss of life,” the BBC quoted NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, as saying.
He also described the situation on the ground as “fluid”, saying: “We have seen in the past that tanks have been used by the Gaddafi regime to attack civilians.”
“This is also the reason why our aircraft target military equipment that could be used to attack civilians, but I can assure you that we do our utmost to avoid civilian casualties,” he added.
Libyan opposition forces had said that Thursday’s airstrikes outside the key oil port of Brega left at least four fighters dead – the second time that rebels have been reported killed by airstrikes. Agencies