Nato has admitted launching a missile strike against a compound that Libyan officials claim killed at least 15 people, including three children.
The alliance said the four buildings in a rural area west of Tripoli were being used as an important command and control centre for attacks by Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, and were a legitimate military target under the mandate of the UN resolution.
Monday’s attack came 24 hours after Nato admitted that a rogue missile was responsible for the deaths of up to nine civilians in a raid early on Sunday that went wrong.
Libyan officials used Monday’s bombing to claim Nato was deliberately targeting civilians as part of its military strategy, a claim emphatically denied by commanders in Naples and London, who said great care was being given to the campaign’s conduct.
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