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April 9, 2011

Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — NATO refused to apologize Friday for a deadly airstrike it conceded may have mistakenly killed people it has pledged to protect, angering Libyan opposition leaders amid an increasingly frustrating campaign to oust Moammar Gadhafi.

British Royal Navy Rear Adm. Russell Harding told reporters that NATO forces may have hit rebel tanks during the airstrike near the eastern oil town of al-Brega Thursday.

Witnesses told CNN that two rebel fighters and two doctors were killed when missiles struck a rebel formation on the eastern Libyan battlefront. (more…)

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By Joseph Krauss

April 6, 2011

NEAR BREGA, (AFP) – Rebel soldiers erected a checkpoint at the gate of the eastern Libyan town of Ajdabiya on Wednesday to prevent a convoy of eager but mostly unarmed civilians from reaching the front.

The soldiers, defectors from Moamer Kadhafi’s army, said they had orders to impose discipline on the hastily-assembled rebel forces a day after they were driven several kilometres (miles) back by loyalist artillery.

“We are stopping the youth who show up with guns,” said Sherif Mohammed, as he pulled a dented metal barricade across the road. “What are they going to do against shelling?” (more…)

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By: Joseph Krauss

April 6, 2011

Nato, accused of mission failure by Libya’s rebels, vowed on Wednesday to do all to protect civilians in Misrata as France pledged to open a sea corridor to the besieged Mediterranean city.

On the political front, Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim said in Tripoli that Muammar Gaddafi’s regime will talk with the rebels about reforms provided they lay down their arms.

The rebel tirade against Nato came as they sustained their first significant loss of territory to Gaddafi’s forces in almost a week, after they were sent fleeing from the edge of the oil town of Brega in a major assault. (more…)

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April 5, 2011

Brussels – NATO admitted on Tuesday that its forces killed Libyan rebel fighters and civilians in the town of Brega over the weekend, in what it characterized as ‘an unfortunate accident.’

The alliance did not provide details on the number of casualties, but rebels earlier said at least four civilians and nine rebels were killed in the attack.

Brigadier General Mark van Uhm, a senior NATO military officer, said people were attacked after NATO forces mistook celebratory gunfire for a hostile attack. (more…)

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April 2, 2011

COTABATO CITY, Philippines. Muslim rebels clashed Sunday with pro-government militias in the southern Filipino province of Maguindanao and conflicting reports said as many as 8 people were killed in the fighting.

The army confirmed the clashes, but would not say if there were casualties in the violence. There was a clash alright, but we cannot give any details as far as casualties are concerned. We are still getting all the facts here, Major Marlowe Patria, a spokesman for the 6th Infantry Division, told the Mindanao Examiner.

He said the fighting occurred in the town of Mangudadatu late in the afternoon and that troops had been sent to the area to contain the violence. Both sides have been fighting over control of lands in the town. (more…)

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By Tarek Amara

April 4, 2011
SFAX, Tunisia (Reuters) – Gaddafi forces using tanks and snipers are carrying out a “massacre” in Misrata with corpses on the streets and hospitals full of the wounded, evacuees said, with one describing the besieged city as “hell.”

Misrata, Libya’s third city, rose up with other towns against Muammar Gaddafi’s rule in mid-February, and it is now under attack by government troops after a violent crackdown put an end to most protests elsewhere in the west of the country.

“You have to visit Misrata to see the massacre by Gaddafi,” said Omar Boubaker, a 40-year-old engineer with a bullet wound to the leg, brought to the Tunisian port of Sfax by a French aid group. “Corpses are in the street. Hospitals are overflowing.” (more…)

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April 1, 2011

Dr Suleiman Refardi said a missile hit a truck carrying ammunition, sending out shrapnel

Seven civilians died and 25 were hurt in a coalition air strike on a pro-Gaddafi convoy in eastern Libya, a doctor there has told the BBC.

Dr Suleiman Refardi said Wednesday’s raid happened in the village of Zawia el Argobe, 15km (9 miles) from Brega.

The strike hit a truck carrying ammunition, and the resulting explosion destroyed two nearby homes. (more…)

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