Libya: NATO Intensifies Air Raids to Back Rebels

Tripoli,  (Prensa Latina) The Libyan government accused NATO on Thursday of intensifying air raids over civilian and police targets to back an advance on the capital by rebels and alleged foreign mercenaries.

Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim said that NATO aircraft increased their strikes in what it seemed to be the final stage of the aggression campaign, but its air force could not weaken the positions of Muammar Gaddafi’s army.

A NATO report underlined that 28 government objectives were hit during 57 air raids in the last 24 hours.

Such actions will fail and civilians are the ones that will pay for the attacks, Kaim said, adding that NATO had bombed police checkpoints in Nafusa on Wednesday.

As part of its 14,147 air raids in Libya since March, NATO attacked three combat vehicles near Misratah, an arms depot in Waddan, an artillery battery and another vehicle in Yafran.

Kaim said he had evidence that mercenaries from a South American country, financed by the West and its Arab allies, joined militias of the armed opposition to speed up their advance on Tripoli from Misratah.

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