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NATO targets Libyan television

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NATO has widened the mandate of its bombing campaign in Libya – by staging an attack on communications.

The organisation has carried out what it describes as a “precision strike” – targeting three satellite dishes in Tripoli. But state television continued to broadcast.

“Our intervention was necessary as television was being used as an integral component of the regime apparatus designed to systematically oppress and threaten civilians.”

Meanwhile, the Libyan government says forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi have killed at least 190 rebels in fighting in the west of the country. The opposition claim to have taken several towns in a fresh offensive in the region.