Libyan Gov’t: NATO is Cause of Deaths, Humanitarian Crisis

Tripoli, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Libya accused NATO on Saturday of causing deaths and a humanitarian crisis with its indiscriminate bombings, after attacks on three ports restricted the movement of ships carrying aid for civilians.

The NATO air raids on the ports of Tripoli, Sirte and Al-Khums was a “crazy attack” in violation of UN resolutions, said Amran Al-Forjani, head of the Libyan Coast Guard.

Two days ago, after accusations by the Libyan government, NATO confirmed having sunk eight ships during its bombings of the three ports with the pretext of protecting civilians and preventing supposed movements by the Libyan navy.

Along the same lines as the Libyan government accusations, African Union president Jean Ping said the UN Security Council resolution backing the attacks “was violated in the spirit and letter.”

Referring to Resolution 1973, which authorizes a no-fly zone over Libya, Ping told an Africa-based radio station that he deplored the bombings, and warned that operations were heading in a “complicated direction that will not be easy to solve.”

A spokesman for the Muammar Gaddafi government said the commercial port of Tripoli, which is near its military port, was damaged by six rockets that destroyed five coast guard ships and a navy ship that were docked for maintenance.

Meanwhile, government troops continued fighting insurgents at their bases in the Western Mountains near the Tunisian border and southwest of Zintan, where rebels said they suffered one fatality and three injured.

On Friday, Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said the United States continues making accusations against Libya, but “does not prove a single one and refuses to investigate us,” while NATO attacks have caused hundreds of civilian deaths and injuries.

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