Libyan revolutionaries slam NATO strikes
Mon, 02 May 2011 16:36:33 GMT
Libyan revolutionary forces have strongly criticized the Western military alliance for failing to protect civilians in the besieged city of Misratah.
Revolutionary forces say NATO has all but forgotten about them and this has emboldened pro-Gaddafi forces to continue their bombardment of the city.
This comes after at least four people were reportedly killed and 30 others were wounded in recent attacks.
Medics say overnight clashes killed another six people and wounded dozens more.
The opposition forces use the port-city to bring in supplies.
Pro-regime forces have bombarded Misratah with rockets and shellfire for several days-- disrupting the flow of supplies into the city.
Last month, the head of the opposition's armed forces, Gen. Abdul Fattah Younis, told reporters in Benghazi that NATO's inaction had allowed government troops to advance and kill people in Misratah and other cities.
Younis also threatened to ask the United Nations Security Council to suspend the NATO mission in Libya if the military alliance does not do "its work properly."
The Libyan opposition has repeatedly slammed Western-led forces over the civilian death toll caused by the NATO bombing campaign in the country.
NATO has recently admitted to killing revolutionary fighters and civilians in an airstrike in eastern Libya but has refused to apologize for the deadly bombardment.
Meanwhile, a NATO airstrike in Tripoli killed Gaddafi's youngest son, Seif al-Arab, along with three of his grandchildren.
The bombing triggered attacks by angry crowds on British and French Embassies -- as well as the US diplomatic mission in the Libyan capital.
Critics, however, accuse the West of hypocrisy over the offensive on Libya, along with its silence towards the brutal crackdowns on similar anti-regime movements elsewhere in the Arab world, such as in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.