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Jun 20, 2011

NATO admits to civilian deaths in Tripoli air strike

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – NATO admitted on Sunday that its weapons destroyed a house in Tripoli in which Libyan officials said nine civilians were killed, an incident likely to sow new doubts inside the alliance about its mission in Libya.

The strike on the house was the clearest case yet of NATO bombing causing multiple civilian casualties, and comes at a time when NATO is already under strain from a campaign that is taking more time and resources than its backers had expected.

Jun 20, 2011

Libya says NATO strike kills nine civilians

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan officials said on Sunday a NATO strike had hit a civilian house in the capital Tripoli, killing nine residents. NATO said it was investigating the claim, which could sow new doubts about its mission.

On another front in the four-month-old battle to force out Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, a doctor near Misrata said eight rebel fighters were killed in fighting with government troops, and rockets landed near the city’s port.

Jun 19, 2011

Blast leaves Tripoli street fearing NATO strikes

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The fear in this Tripoli neighborhood became evident when the rear tire of a boy’s bicycle burst suddenly with a loud bang opposite a building which Libyan officials say was hit by a NATO air strike.

Some residents sprinted off at the sound, followed by a few nervous laughs as people discerned its true cause.

Jun 19, 2011

Libyan officials says NATO hits civilian house

TRIPOLI, June 19 (Reuters) – Libyan officials said on Sunday
a NATO strike had hit a civilian house in the capital and killed
several residents, an allegation which, if confirmed, could sow
fresh doubts inside the alliance about its mission in Libya.

Reporters were taken to a residential area and saw a body
pulled out of the rubble of a destroyed building.

Jun 19, 2011

Libya gov’t says NATO Tripoli strike kills civilians

TRIPOLI, June 19 (Reuters) – Libyan officials said some
seven civilians were killed in a NATO air strike in eastern
Tripoli in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Reporters were taken by Libyan government officials to a
residential area in the Arada neighbourhood of Tripoli and saw a
body pulled out of the rubble of a destroyed building.

Jun 19, 2011

Libyan rebels blame West for lack of cash

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan officials said some seven civilians were killed in a NATO air strike in eastern Tripoli in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Reporters were taken by Libyan government officials to a residential area in the Arada neighborhood of Tripoli and saw a body pulled out of the rubble of a destroyed building.

Jun 18, 2011

Ambivalence in “pro-Gaddafi” district of Tripoli

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan officials describe the Abu Salim district in the Libyan capital Tripoli as fervently pro-Gaddafi, but some residents seem more ambivalent about the man who has ruled their North African country for four decades.

“Some people like (Muammar) Gaddafi, some do not,” a man who gave his name as Ibrahim told Reuters in Abu Salim on Saturday. “Me? I don’t care. I just want to be left alone.”

Jun 18, 2011

Libyan rebels battle to try to close in on Gaddafi

TRIPOLI/DAFNIYAH, Libya, June 18 (Reuters) – Fighting
between forces loyal to Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and rebels
trying to close in on his territory killed at least eight rebels
near the northwestern city of Nalut, an insurgent source said.

The gun battles in the village of Takut, just outside Nalut,
on Saturday followed exchanges of heavy artillery fire near the
city of Zlitan as the insurgents tried to take government-held
territory east of the capital Tripoli.

Jun 17, 2011

Rebels eye Tripoli push, Gaddafi son offers election

DAFNIYAH/TRIPOLI, June 17 (Reuters) – Libyan rebels looked
to push deeper into government-held territory east of the
capital on Friday after dismissing an offer from a son of
Muammar Gaddafi to hold elections.

Saif al-Islam told an Italian newspaper on Thursday the
elections could be held within three months and his father would
step aside if he lost, but that proposal was swiftly rejected by
the rebel leadership and the United States.

Jun 16, 2011

Rebels dismiss election offer, NATO pounds Tripoli

TRIPOLI, June 17 (Reuters) – NATO planes resumed
bombardments of Tripoli after Muammar Gaddafi’s son said the
Libyan leader was willing to hold elections and step aside if he
lost, an offer rejected by rebels and the United States.

Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam told an Italian newspaper that
the elections could be held within three months and
transparency could be guaranteed through international
observers.

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