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Defiant Qaddafi Condemns NATO, Rasmussen Says Alliance Will Not Stop Libya Bombing


Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi

Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi

Libyan ruler Muammar Qaddafi has issued a new audio message that has been broadcast on Libyan state-run television.

In the message, Qaddafi accused NATO forces of murdering Libyan civilians.

"You said, 'We hit our targets with precision,' you murderers told the world you hit your targets accurately," he said.

Colonel Qaddafi vowed to continue to resist attempts by the Western alliance and Libyan rebels to topple his regime.

NATO To Continue Bombing

Meanwhile, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the alliance will continue its bombing campaign in Libya, amid calls from Italy for a halt to hostilities to allow humanitarian assistance to civilians.

Rasmussen said in a video statement on the NATO website that the Western bloc "will continue this mission because if we stop, countless more civilians could lose their lives."

Rasmussen also said NATO was acting with "utmost care" to avoid civilian casualties.

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini earlier the same day called for "an immediate humanitarian suspension of hostilities" in Libya to make space for humanitarian aid corridors.

The alliance has admitted that one of its bombs misfired in Tripoli on June 19, hitting a residential area in an incident the Libyan regime says killed nine people.

Frattini today warned such incidents could harm the alliance's credibility.

compiled from agency reports
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