Libya Claims NATO Killed Civilians

    The night skies are lit as one of several powerful blasts rocked the Fernej district of southwest Tripoli on August 9, 2011.  AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A Libyan government spokesman claimed that a NATO airstrike killed 85 civilians, and showed journalists the bodies of 25 people. NATO confirmed it had launched an airstrike in the region, but said the target was a military compound. “We do not have evidence of civilian casualties at this stage, although military casualties, including mercenaries, are very likely owing to the nature of the target,” said a NATO spokesman.

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