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Coalition forces in air strike error in Libya

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Coalition forces in air strike error in Libya


Rebels in Libya claim a number of their soldiers were killed in an air strike by coalition forces on Friday. NATO is investigating the incident.

It happened on the outskirts of the oil town of Brega, which is still the scene of chaotic fighting between the rebels and Gaddafi’s forces.

Burnt out vehicles and scorch marks can clearly be seen and the insurgents say up to 14 of their men died in the attack.

“Yesterday we saw the planes of the coalition carry out this attack,” said one man. “We are revolutionaries, the coalition should not make mistakes, because Gaddafi’s dogs are 50 kilometres away from here.”

Some rebels said the planes were drawn by Gaddafi’s men, infiltrating their ranks and deliberately firing into the air. Others said it was the rebels who fired in the air.

Brega is one of several towns along the coast that have been taken and re-taken by both sides in this conflict over the past couple of weeks.

Further south, in the city of Sabha, the Libyan government showed reporters damage they say was inflicted by coalition attacks.

Doctors showed the cameras patients with shrapnel injuries from the strike which they say happened near the hospital. The Libyan government claims 13 people died and 185 were wounded.

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