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.FULL STORY