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Libyan TV parades "civilian casualties" of allied raids

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Libyan TV parades "civilian casualties" of allied raids


Libyan state television has broadcast pictures of what it says are civilian victims of the allied bombing.

It said there had been casualties in several cities: Tripoli, Sirte, Benghazi, Misrata and Zuwarah.

The commentary described them as martyrs.

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The Libyan prime minister was shown making bedside visits as injured patients declared their support for Gaddafi.

The report’s claims cannot be independently confirmed.

Opposition sources have reacted with scepticism. One said civilian casualties of attacks by Gaddafi loyalists had been taken away and portrayed as victims of allied raids.

In the early stages of the military conflict it is difficult to know what to make of claim and counter-claim.

“We ask our people to raise the level of resistance in the villages and towns of Libya. Gaddafi’s regime is living its last days and its last hours, by the will of God,” said Dr Fathi Baja, a member of the opposition transitional National Council.

The war of words is underway along with the conflict.

Pictures from Benghazi reportedly show victims of the assault on the city by Gaddafi loyalists.

Elsewhere there has been at least one claim from a Gaddafi opponent that civilians are being moved towards likely allied targets.

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