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article imageGaddafi spokesman says NATO bombs are killing Sirte civilians

By Katerina Nikolas     Oct 5, 2011 in World
In the interview Gaddafi spokesman Moussa Ibrahim gave to confirm his capture was lies, he tells of the dangers 180,000 civilians face in Sirte. He claims they are being bombarded with NATO bombs.
Libya 360 has provided a full translation of the interview Gaddafi spokesman Ibrahim Moussa gave as it was confirmed that allegations of his capture were propaganda lies. During the interview Ibrahim speaks of the perilous situation which 180,000 civilians face in Sirte, and describes how ordinary Libyans are fighting against the joint alliance of NTC troops and NATO.
Ibrahim begins by speaking of his own purported capture by National Transitional Council troops which was disseminated by an NTC commander. He says “I am not surprised that these rumours and lies have been wrongfully claimed by the heads of the Council of Shame and traitorship in Libya and the reporting and follow up of such statements by the media outlets, who in an organized way co-operate with NATO and the NATO rebels.”Regarding the current situation in Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte, Ibrahim said “180,000 still remain within the city, added to the fact that full tribes have come to Sirte because the gangs entered and invaded their villages.” Reports have shown that 5,000 refugees from Tarwehga fled to Sirte.
Ibrahim says that civilians in Sirte “are being bombarded right now from overhead, buildings falling etc. The tanks and regiments and grad missiles, hit without considering military targets hitting civilians.”As many dismiss any statements made by members of the former Gaddafi government, there are independent reports that verify Ibrahim’s words. One of the civilians with the means to flee Sirte with his family told Sky News "There are bombs, only bombs, we are scared but the fighting does not stop.” It isn’t only NATO bombs that civilians must face but ongoing fighting between NTC rebel troops and pro-Gaddafi fighters. NTC fighter Ahmad Ibrahim, told Sky News "We do not want to hit innocent people or hurt innocent people but you know this is a war.” However Sky witnessed NTC fighters firing mortars and rockets well into the city. RT quote an eyewitness who was fleeing Sirte say “The people who are trapped inside are in danger. There is random shelling everywhere.”
Moussa Ibrahim states that the real situation in Sirte is being ignored. He says civilian “inhabitants in Sirte are being truly massacred and wiped out in their homes…thousands of people.”NATO bombing is intensifying rather than relaxing though in a desperate attempt to aid NTC rebels take control of the town so that a total victory against Gaddafi can be claimed. The pressure is on so that the NATO operation can wind down and the NTC can concentrate on handing out oil contracts to its allies.
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