NATO Killed Libyan Civilians?

NATO "regrets the loss of innocent civilian lives" and notes Qadaffi's regime is "determined to use violence against its own citizens.”

Gil Ronen, | updated: 01:13

Operation 'Unified Protector&
Operation 'Unified Protector&
Israel news photo: NATO

Libya said Monday that NATO air strikes destroyed a large family compound belonging to a close associate of Muammar Qadaffi, killing at least 15 people, including three children. 

NATO has admitted that civilians may have been killed by mistake.
 
The intended target of air strikes in Tripoli Sunday night was a military missile site, NATO said. “However, it appears that one weapon did not strike the intended target and that there may have been a weapons system failure which may have caused a number of civilian casualties.”
 
“NATO regrets the loss of innocent civilian lives and takes great care in conducting strikes against a regime determined to use violence against its own citizens,” said Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard, Commander of Operation Unified Protector. “Although we are still determining the specifics of this event, indications are that a weapons system failure may have caused this incident.”.
 
NATO stated that the campaign in Libya “has conducted over 11,500 sorties and every mission is planned and executed with tremendous care to avoid civilian casualties.” Qaddafi has killed thousands of his own citizens.
 
It added that the United Nations has given NATO a mandate “to use all necessary measures to protect the civilian population of Libya,” noting that “The Qadaffi regime could stop all this fighting by complying with the international community’s demands.” Earlier, NATO admitted that its warplanes mistakenly struck rebel vehicles in Brega last Thursday (June 16), as has happened before..
 
It also accused Qadaffi's military forces of using mosques and children's playgrounds as shields for their operations.
Israel has had to contend with  HIzbullah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza doing the same and then blaming israel for civilian deaths.



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