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NATO says Gaddafi forces are using human shields

Publié par Clifford Armion le 04/07/2011

Joby Warrick and Edward Cody

"Libyan military commanders loyal to Moammar Gaddafi are blunting the impact of NATO's air campaign by hiding tanks and artillery in densely populated areas where the alliance's fighter planes cannot easily reach them, U.S. and European diplomats said Wednesday.

"The shift in tactics has meant fewer targets for NATO warplanes, fueling complaints by rebels who say the quality of air support has plummeted since the United States turned over command of Libyan operations to NATO. Opposition leaders say Gaddafi's forces are inflicting particularly heavy casualties on civilians in the rebel-held city of Misurata, where dug-in loyalists have been operating with little interference from NATO missiles and bombs.

"NATO officials in Brussels acknowledged carrying out fewer strikes around Misurata because of fears of inadvertently killing civilians in areas where the Libyan military was cheek by jowl with civilians."

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"NATO says Gaddafi forces are using human shields", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juillet 2011. Consulté le 30/11/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/nato-says-gaddafi-forces-are-using-human-shields