NATO Choppers Land in Libya, Rebels Injured

Tripoli, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) NATO injured 16 Libyan rebels during a disorganized bombing near Ajdabiyah (east) as French helicopter gunships landed in Benghazi.

The NATO aircraft attacked rebel positions near the village of Amreer Gabs, 30 kilomerts (about 18.6 miles) northwest of Ajdabiyah, and once more bombed the capital, rebel spokesman Farag Al-Moghraby said on Friday.

The 16 rebels injured were taken to hospitals in Benghazi, Libya’s No. 2 city, which has become the capital of opponents of leader Muammar Gaddafi and headquarters of the National Transition Council.

In the last few hours NATO intensified its attacks on Libyan army units in the Kikla region, about 150 kilometers southwest of Tripoli, where downtown areas such as Bab Al-Aziziyah were also bombed very early today.

Meanwhile, the Al Jazeera television network broadcast footage of NATO choppers at the Benghazi airport, although police chiefs and officers of the Transition Council said the choppers were empty and would be used for rescue and evacuation purposes.

Resolution 1973 of the UN Security Council, which authorized NATO military aggression against Libya to allegedly impose a no-fly zone and protect civilians, ruled out the possibility of a military presence in Libyan territory.


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