Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Italy warns NATO's credibility is at risk for killing civilians in Libya



Concerned with NATO's accidental killing of civilians in Tripoli, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini told the media during a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg, "NATO's credibility is at risk. We cannot run the risk of killing civilians. This is not good at all."
But the bloc instead urged the use of frozen funds to finance Libya's insurgents who warned they are running out of money to finance the war as they enter the fifth month of struggle against the government. They want NATO to fulfill their promise of financial support, the AFP said.
In the mean time, in another aerial attack, 19 civilians were killed in a NATO strike in one of the homes of one of Gaddafi's aides in Surman, 70 kilometers (45 miles) west of Tripoli, Al Jazeera said in the attached YouTube video.
Witnesses said government forces fired three rockets in a residential area that killed a 13-year-old and wounded two other children.
"There were five kids, two girls and their mother having dinner when a rocket hit their house. Their father was on the front line fighting," a witness said.
In line with UN sanctions, the assets of 19 Libyan officials were frozen in the UAE on Monday.
UK warned on Tuesday that it may not be able to finance its Libyan involvement past the summer, according to the deputy head of the Royal Air Force.
The good news is that Beijing expressed its support to a Libyan opposition leader who is on a two-day visit to the country.
A government spokesman said, "China's immediate task is to promote peace and encourage talks.
"The Libyan crisis has lasted for four months—during this period of time, the people of Libya have suffered to the fullest extent the chaos caused by war, and infrastructure was greatly damaged."
Does this mean what NATO and Gaddafi destroyed, China will help rebuild?
Watch the attached YouTube video.
Details of this report here.
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