Libya Claims 11 Imams Killed in NATO Strike
Thank goodness there is a far left democrat in the White House or this would be a major international scandal. Libya claims 11 imams were killed in a NATO airstrike on Brega.
The Daily Times reported:
Libyans buried on Saturday 11 Muslim clerics killed in what Muammar Gaddafi’s regime said was a NATO air strike on the oil city of Brega that the alliance said targeted a military site.
In Paris, meanwhile, senior Libyan rebel leader Mahmud Jibril met French President Nicolas Sarkozy to discuss the three-month-old conflict and the prospects for a transition.
At least 50 other people were wounded in the NATO attack on the eastern city of Brega that killed 11 imams, or prayer leaders, early on Friday, with five of them in critical condition, government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim said.
Hundreds of people gathered at the cemetery in Shatia al Henshir, east of the capital, shouting “jihad, jihad”, “martyrs of Libya” and “God, Libya and Muammar”.
Major Khuildi al Hamidi, a long-time confidante of Gaddafi, attended the burial, which was punctuated by commemorative gunfire.
In contrast to government accounts, NATO said a “command and control bunker was struck in Brega early Friday morning, as the structure was being used by the Gaddafi regime to coordinate strikes against the Libyan civilian population.”
“We are aware of allegations of civilian casualties in connection to this strike and although we cannot independently confirm the validity of the claim we regret any loss of life by innocent civilians when they occur.”