Third Night of Air Strikes in Libya; Civilians Killed

TRIPOLI, March 21.— Forces from the coalition led by the U.S., France and the United Kingdom continued bombing Libya for the third straight night in the operation Odyssey Dawn of the Pentagon, which has so far killed children, women and men and destroyed public and military buildings and roads.

A Spanish-speaking TV network also reported the bombing on the residence of Libyan leader Muammar al Gaddafi in Tripoli.

The airport of Sirte, in the east of Tripoli was bombed by the imperialist forces, governmental spokeman Musa Ibrahim confirmed.

The spokeman said at a press conference that the capital and some of the main cities of the country such as Zuara, Misrata (west), Sirte and Sebha, have been under attack since Saturday.

In this sense, he added that the attacks on the airport caused civilian casualties. He remarked that the bombings of the invading troops also hit a small fishermen’s dock on the west of the capital, reported Latin American TV network Telesur.

Government sources confirmed that more than 200 people were killed or injured by the missiles launched from air and sea, reported the Prensa Latina news agency.

They also announced that the government forces occupied the city of Misurata, 200 kilometres east of Tripoli.

The UN Security Council rejected on Monday a request by Libya to hold an urgent meeting in order to stop the military aggression, reported Prensa Latina news agency.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Barack Obama announced in Chile that NATO will take control of the military operations in Libya in the next few days, the DPA news agency reported.

“There will be a transition in the leadership,” Obama said during his Latin American tour.

“We’ll show no mercy to those who attack their own people,” insisted “the emperor” who already has his own war.

Ships and aircraft from Italy, Belgium, Canada, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates also joined the crusade against Gaddafi, under the Resolution 1970 of the UN Security Council.

Spain made its debut in the international military operation on Monday in the setting up of the no-fly zone in Libya: two out of the four F-18 bombers given by the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero flew their first mission patrolling the skies of the North African country, reported the DPA news agency.

In the meantime, many people protested against the military action in Greece. The European country is not directly involved with warplanes, but gives logistic support with three air bases in Crete and on the mainland, the DPA news agency reported.


Bolivian President Evo Morales asked to strip his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama of his Nobel Peace Prize for “brewing the invasion” against Libya and proposed changing the UN (United Nations) name to IN: Invader Nations.

Evo said that the whole world must be wondering if Obama is “championing peace or planning wars and killings,” reported the EFE news agency.

In his opinion, the UN Security Council which he called “the insecurity council for the people of the World,” has permitted president Obama to bomb Libya, including its hospitals and civilians zones under the pretext of saving lives.

The actual purpose of the military actions in Libya is to invade the country and sack its natural resources, the Bolivian president said. (SE)

Granma Daily



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