At a seaside cemetery in Tripoli, the Libyan government organised a funeral for civilians it claims were killed by coalition air strikes. A pro-Gaddafi crowd gathered, as 33 coffins were lined up for burial – though only 13 actually went into the ground.
Angry people said that Wednesday’s coalition air strikes on a military base killed innocent victims.
According to one man at the funeral: “The base was empty. The people there were civilians. The only military presence was the walls the of base itself.”
There are conflicting accounts of just how many people died in Wednesday’s air strike at Tajoura. The government is also claiming that civilians were killed at a hospital in the city.
Khaled Kaim, Libya’s Deputy Foreign Minister, said:
“No place in Tajoura was spared. The cardiac hospital was hit as well as the civil aviation office and the military academy, where new students were staying.”
Coalition leaders say targets are carefully chosen, and deny causing any civilian deaths. Getting reliable numbers on either side is difficult – with huge differences between the number of deaths claimed by both the rebels and the government.
Libya organises funerals after coalition strikes