Libya warplanes bombing Tripoli: resident

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LONDON (Reuters) - Libyan warplanes were bombing indiscriminately across Tripoli on Monday, a resident of the Libyan capital told al Jazeera television in a live broadcast.

"What we are witnessing today is unimaginable. Warplanes and helicopters are indiscriminately bombing one area after another. There are many, many dead," Adel Mohamed Saleh said.

Saleh, who called himself a political activist, said the bombings had initially targeted a funeral procession.

"Our people are dying. It is the policy of scorched earth." he said. "Every 20 minutes they are bombing."

Asked if the attacks were still happening he said: "It is continuing, it is continuing. Anyone who moves, even if they are in their car they will hit you."

There was no independent verification of the report but Fathi al-Warfali, the Libyan activist who heads the Swiss-based Libyan Committee for Truth and Justice, who was taking part in a protest outside U.N. European headquarters in Geneva said he had heard the same reports.

"Military planes are attacking civilians, protesters in Tripoli now. The civilians are frightened. Where is the United Nations, where is Amnesty International?" al-Warfali told Reuters.

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Comments (6)
bchambs89 wrote:
If there’s anyway to increase a country’s resistance to government rule – it’s showing those protesting that there’s a reason for what they’re doing.

Libya’s government has made a terrible move here.

Feb 21, 2011 12:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gordo365 wrote:
Gaddafi and son can have one last “bunga bunga” party with underage girls – then it’s off to get their necks stretched in the town square…

Feb 21, 2011 12:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
txgadfly wrote:
Those Libyan pilots are busy demonstrating how to get your entire extended family wiped out. Before long, they will end up dead. Their rank is entirely too low to benefit much from their attack if Gaddafi survives but they are entirely too well known for their relatives to survive. If the families are smart, they are running for the border as I write this.

Feb 21, 2011 1:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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