NATO Intensifies Bombings of Tripoli

Tripoli, May 24 (Prensa Latina) At least three people died and 150 were injured Tuesday in the most intense NATO attacks yet against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The NATO air raids caused some 15 explosions last night and early this morning in Tripoli, and huge columns of smoke were seen rising from the Bab Al-Aziziyah complex, where Gaddafi’s residence.

The People’s Guard (volunteer force loyal to Gaddafi) headquarters was the target of 12 to 18 bombings for more than 30 minutes beginning at 1 a.m., said Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim.

The facility was empty and most of the victims were civilians who live nearby, Ibrahim said. His report was confirmed by some of the victims treated at a hospital on Zawiyah Avenue.

Libyan authorities and witnesses said the Tuesday bombings were the bloodiest yet since Western powers began attacking this country on March 19 with the clear purpose of overthrowing Gaddafi.

NATO has launched more than 2,500 air raids against various military and civilian targets in Libya, as rebels continue their offensive on the ground in the western city of Misratah and the eastern cities of Ajdabiy and Brega.

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