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NATO 'regrets' rebel friendly fire deaths

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NATO 'regrets' rebel friendly fire deaths


As Libyan rebel forces bury the victims of Thursday’s NATO air strike that killed five fighters the coalition has said it “strongly regrets the loss of life” following a friendly fire attack on a tank column as it advanced on the oil port of Brega. It is the second such incident in a week.

The coalition said that they were unaware that opposition forces were using tanks.

Anti-Gaddafi fighters claim they have repelled an attack by government troops on the coastal city of Misrata, but the violence forced locals to flee the area and take shelter in local schools.

There are reports that thousands of migrant workers are trapped in the city with food and water running out and power supplies at best unreliable.

Reports from our correspondent:

Ajdabiyah also came under artillery attack from Gaddafi’s forces one day after NATO said air strikes alone would not be enough to remove Gaddafi from power.

The head of US Africa Command, General Carter Ham, said that the conflict was now entering stalemate and it would be difficult for the rebels to move on Tripoli.

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