NATO is to investigate reports that up to 40 civilians were killed in a Western bombing strike near Tripoli.
The alliance took over military operations early this morning and its leader used his first news conference to stress there are very strict rules of engagement.
Charles Bouchard, Commander of NATO operations in Libya said: “I am aware of this news report and this is initial reporting. But NATO took over command of Operation Unified Protector at 06.00 this morning, we’re investigating and we will report the details once the investigation is complete.
Until now the allies have commended themselves on the precision of their bombing campaign. Evidence of civilian casualties has been inconclusive but Libyan officials claim the air strikes have killed dozens.