Libya Slams Deaths of Civilians in Zliten Air Raid

Tripoli, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) A Libyan government spokesman accused the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Tuesday of killing 85 civilians, including 65 children and women, in an air raid in the city of Majer.

The victims belonged to 12 families, the spokesman said.

The bombing was supposed to support an attack by rebels, spokesman Musa Ibrahim said in an informal news conference from on site, indicating that the insurgent attack was a failure.

NATO aircraft launched six highly destructive bombs, three in a first wave, and three more as people fled to their homes, Ibrahim stated.

The spokesman’s statements followed an official announcement about a bombing with reactive artillery on Monday against zones of this capital by NATO warships anchored off Libyan coasts.

The actions by NATO and the self-appointed National Transition Council are taking place during Ramadan, a month of fasting, prayer and reflection for Muslims.

NATO stated in July that it would continue attacking government-controlled areas, ignoring Ramadan, whose observance is one of the mainstays of Islam, the religion of most Libyans.

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