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NATO STRIKES POUND TRIPOLI

BlueMax372 2011/05/24 15:19:58
TRIPOLI (AP) -- NATO warplanes repeatedly hit targets in Tripoli early today in what appears to be the heaviest night of bombing of the Libyan capital since the Western alliance launched its air campaign against Moammar Gadhafi's forces.

More than 20 NATO airstrikes in less than half an hour set off booms that rattled windows and sent smoke wafting over the city, including from an area close to the Gadhafi compound.

Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said three people were killed and dozens wounded in NATO strikes that targeted what he described as buildings used by volunteers of the Libyan Army.

As jets whooshed over the city, anti-aircraft fire crackled in response. People could be heard screaming outside a hotel. Pro-Gadhafi loyalists beeped their car horns and fired guns, shouting their support for the Libyan leader.

Observers described the bombing as the heaviest attack on the capital since NATO began its air campaign on March 19 after the passage of a U.N. Security Council resolution to protect civilians after Gadhafi responded to the public uprising against his rule by unleashing his military and his militias.


--The St. Augustine Record, May 24, 2011, p. 9A.

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