Libya: Nato dismisses claims of civilian casualties
Friday 15 July 2011
Nato's secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen has dismissed Libyan claims that the alliance's airstrikes have killed more than 1,100 people.
Nato has "no confirmed information" about possible civilian casualties as a result of its bombing, Mr Fogh Rasmussen told reporters in The Hague yesterday.
"We are extremely careful and cautious in identifying legitimate military targets and avoiding civilian casualties," he said. "And actually we have no confirmed information about Nato being responsible for civilian casualties."
On Wednesday, Libya's prosecutor general accused Nato of killing 1,108 people and wounding 4,500; he filed charges against the alliance's chief in a Libyan court.
There have been reports of so-called "friendly fire" incidents in which Nato has been blamed for accidentally killing rebel fighters, but the alliance has no ground troops in Libya to independently check Libyan claims of civilian casualties.
Mr Fogh Rasmussen said he could not take the allegations seriously.
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
- 1 Belgium fan Axelle Despiegelaere lands L'Oreal campaign after World Cup viral photo
- 2 Orange Is The New Black has not been cancelled – it was a hoax
- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 5 Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Pope Francis: ‘One in 50’ Catholic priests, bishops and cardinals is a paedophile
Fry ‘criticises Operation Yewtree in dinner party rant’ calling for tougher laws to deter false sex abuse allegations
Supermoon 2014 in pictures: Moon appeared bigger and brighter at the weekend
Saharan remains may be evidence of first race war, 13,000 years ago
Israel-Gaza conflict: ‘Sderot cinema’ image shows Israelis with popcorn and chairs 'cheering as missiles strike Palestinian targets'
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
Emergency data law: David Cameron plots to bring back snoopers’ charter
NUT strike: David Cameron announces crackdown on strike action ahead of mass industrial action
£20 - £25 per hour + competitive: Huxley Associates: Huxley Engineering is cur...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Plymouth: PSHE Teacher required in Devon - Star...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Plymouth: Teacher Jobs in Devon Devon
£50 - £60 per day: Randstad Education Nottingham: We are looking for Teaching ...