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NATO airstrike kills 85 civilians in Libya, reporters attend funeral

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Cairo, August 10, IRNA -- A North Atlantic Treaty Organization airstrike near Tripoli has killed 85 people including dozens of women and children, Libyan government spokesman Mousa Ibrahim said.

Reporters have been taken to the scene, where they were told by the spokesman: 'This is a crime beyond imagination. Everything about this place is civilian.'

Mousa Ibrahim said world powers would be held responsible for the 'ugly massacre committed by NATO' on the village of Majer where 85 people were killed.

Majer, east of Tripoli, was attacked late on Monday to try to help rebel fighters enter the government-held city from the south, Mousa Ibrahim said.

'After the first three bombs dropped at around 11pm on Monday, many residents of the area ran to the bombed houses to try to save their loved ones. Three more bombs struck,' he told reporters.

'Among the dead were 33 children, 32 women and 20 men from 12 families were killed in the massacre,' Mousa said.

Reporters attended the funerals of victims and saw 28 bodies buried at the local cemetery where hundreds of people vented their anger against NATO.

A medical student at Zlitan hospital, said: 'NATO does not differentiate between soldiers, children and old people.'

Observers say that NATO leaders are seeking scorched earth policy in Libya and that the airstrikes have nothing to do with resolution of the United Nations to enforce no-fly zone to protect civilians from attacks of the Libyan dictator.



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