August 9th, 2011
09:35 AM ET

Libyan official claims 85 civilians killed in NATO airstrike

A Libyan government spokesman said Tuesday that a NATO airstrike has killed 85 civilians near Zlitan, the northwestern Libyan city which has been the target of an intense aerial bombing campaign.

Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said the incident happened late Monday night in Majar, a community about 3 miles (5 kilometers) south of Zlitan.

"Dozens of innocent and safe children, woman and old people were martyred in the heinous massacre committed by the colonial crusader NATO alliance as a result of its airstrikes on their homes in Majar (in Zlitan) while they were asleep," the state news agency JANA reported.

Journalists on a government trip to Zlitan saw at least 25 bodies in the morgue and were told they were killed in airstrikes on five homes, according to CNN's Ivan Watson, who is on the trip. The journalists also saw the ruins of what were described as the homes hit by the strike.

A NATO spokesman confirmed the organization had conducted airstrikes in Zlitan, but said the target was a military complex used by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. The spokesman said NATO could not confirm the government's reports of civilian casualties.

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  1. michaelfury

    August 9, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ashley

    Scarlet said that's hogwash.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bemused

    Sounds like total nonsense, but even if it's partially true, they were human shields that Gadhafi forcibly placed there.

    August 9, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Godhelpusa

    They should stop the bombing cos is a lost cause.... The man is not going anywhere..

    August 9, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. HelenHull102951

    If they weren't in they way we wouldn't have this problem. Now would we? People need to use common sense and get out of the way.

    August 9, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Lyndsie Graham

      Tell me Helen, why do you bother to post here when you have no idea of what you're talking about? Good grief, we already have far too many idiots blogging in here as it is!!!

      August 10, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jean-Francois Morf, Charrat, Switzerland

    As a dead cow always transforms into a dead beef, a dead Gaddafi mercenary always transforms into a dead civilian!
    And Gaddafi use children as living shield, because he is the devil personified...

    August 9, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |

      Such is to be expected from someone like you with your obvious limitations. Such ignorance really turns my stomach upside down! Any fool knows that these people were murdered by the NATO forces who know no moral principles and feel no remorse at all!!!

      August 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dead civilians

    There wew only 63 civilians killed. They're alway's trying to make it look like more innocent's are killed than actually were. Look at how many dead civilians have been counted in Iraqi graveyards.

    August 9, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    @ Jean-Francois Morf, Charrat, Switzerland:


    I wouldn't trust *anything* a state-run journalism organization told me, anyway.

    August 9, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Don't worry guys & don't lose any sleep over such news.
    We just drop bombs around, its not our job to see where they fall. Its open season il Libya.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sjdsh

    No surprise,HATO/USA$$ are Morally Bankrupt.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Thank you, sjdsh. You said it all!!!!

      August 9, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. gung hoe

    Good post RuffNutt,thank you.

    August 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |