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Qaddafi Government Accuses NATO Of Bombing Hospital

July 25, 2011

The government of Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi has accused NATO of bombing a hospital and killing seven people in Zlitan, east of the capital, Tripoli.

Government minders took journalists to the destroyed hospital and showed them several food warehouses that the government said were damaged in the air strikes.

A NATO spokesman said the alliance would not release information on the strikes before July 26.

Under a UN mandate, NATO warplanes have been carrying out air strikes on Libyan government military targets with the goal of preventing the regime from attacking its own people.

Meanwhile, Britain's Foreign Ministry said it had bombed an intelligence building in Tripoli used by Qaddafi's forces as well as two staging posts near Zlitan that it said were used to gather tanks and artillery.

In Washington, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen described the situation in Libya as a "stalemate," but said NATO's strategy would eventually work toward removing Qaddafi from power.

compiled from agency reports


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