A coalition of western countries continued their Libyan air assault going into the sixth day of a joint military operation. According to CNN, “the coalition has crippled the Libyan air force, and established a no-fly zone that spans Libya from east to west along its coastline, said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Gerard Hueber.”
Civilian deaths have reportedly been avoided in the mission thus far. As reported by BBC, “The US chief of staff for the mission in Libya has insisted there have been no reports of civilian casualties caused by allied action.” Per Reuters, Muammar GaddafiMuammar Gaddafi’s government disputes these claims: “Libyan government officials have accused Western powers of killing dozens of civilians, but have not shown reporters in the capital any evidence of such deaths.”
NATO ships began patrolling off Libya’s coast Wednesday as airstrikes, missiles and energized rebels forced Moammar Gadhafi’s tanks to roll back from two key western cities, including one that was the hometown of army officers who tried to overthrow him in 1993.