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Libya Accuses NATO of Hospital Bombing

VOA News July 26, 2011

The Libyan government has accused NATO of bombing a hospital during an air raid, killing seven people.

Libyan officials showed journalists a destroyed clinic in the town of Zlitan, east of the capital, Tripoli. The officials also took journalists to food warehouses in the town and said these buildings were damaged by airstrikes too.

NATO has not released any information on the alleged strikes. Residents of Zlitan said the attacks occurred early Monday.

In the capital of Tripoli, United Nations humanitarian agencies say residents are in need urgent aid as a result of the ongoing conflict in the country.

The U.N. says medical supplies, including vaccines, are running low, and that residents are facing shortages of fuel and power.

It also says food prices are rising and there are concerns about supplies if the conflict continues.

The U.N. envoy to Libya is expected to meet with officials in Tripoli Tuesday to discuss efforts to find a political solution to the crisis. Abdel-Elah Al-Khatib held talks Monday with opposition leaders in the city of Benghazi.

On Sunday, the head of Libya's opposition movement said the country's embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi and his family may stay in Libya as long as they give up power, and rebel leaders determine where and under what conditions they remain.

Mustafa Abdel Jalil told The Wall Street Journal that Gadhafi's ability to stay in Libya "will have conditions." He said opposition forces "will decide where he stays and who watches him," and that the same restrictions will apply to his family.

Jalil's comments appeared to soften his position and echo recent statements by French, U.S. and Italian officials. The rebel leader made similar remarks earlier this month, but issued a quick denial after protests erupted in the opposition's eastern stronghold, Benghazi.

Also Sunday, Germany offered loans of up to $144 million to the rebels' Transitional National Council to help with humanitarian needs and rebuilding.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the loans will provide a way to help the rebel council build up "necessary structures" and overcome a shortage of supplies. He said Germany is granting the loans because Mr. Gadhafi's frozen assets cannot be released to the opposition at this time.

More than 30 nations announced their support for the Libyan opposition council at a meeting this month in Turkey.

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