NATO frets at report of civilian deaths in Libya raid
April 2, 2011
NATO voiced concern on Saturday about reports of civilian deaths in a coalition air strike near Brega as rebels claimed victory in the battle for the key Libyan oil town.
The chief rebel spokesman told reporters that coalition warplanes had killed 13 people, four of them civilians, in an air raid some 15 kilometres east of Brega on Friday.
“Thirteen dead, seven injured by friendly fire. It was a regrettable occurrence,” Abdulhafiz Ghoga said, calling them “unintentional deaths.”
“The leadership is working on preventing a re-occurrence,” he added.
Earlier, a civilian rebel official said the dead civilians were an ambulance driver and three medical students from Libya’s second city of Benghazi, the rebel stronghold in the east.