A NATO general has struck back at French criticism and said his organization is indeed protecting civilians in Libya. As a result of the stalemate on the ground, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said earlier that NATO was not doing enough to take out Gaddafi’s heavy weaponry, with which his forces continue to target civilians. In Brussels, Dutch Brig. Gen. Mark Van Uhm disagreed with this assessment, saying that the alliance was enforcing an arms embargo against Libya, and protecting civilians. He said, “With the assets we have, we’re doing a great job.” However, he refused to discuss reports that some alliance members are no longer allowing their planes to drop any bombs, and that the planes could now only be used to enforce the no-fly zone, and do nothing more.
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