05/12/2011, 00.00
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Air raids turn Tripoli into ghost town. Bishop: "give these people a rest"

NATO continues to bomb despite the UN's appeal for a ceasefire. At least four missiles fired at the Gaddafi bunker. For Msgr. Martinelli the population is exhausted and afraid to leave home. Gaddafi re-appears in a video after 11 days of silence.

Tripoli (AsiaNews) - UN appeals for a cease-fire have failed to stop NATO which continues to drop bombs on Tripoli. "I heard loud explosions throughout the night - says Msgr. Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli – there is no one on the streets, there is absolute silence. "

The prelate once again calls on Western countries to stop the bombing and seek a diplomatic solution to end the conflict. "The population is exhausted – says Msgr. Martinelli - mothers tell me that their children do not sleep at night. By now everyone is afraid to leave the house. We must find a way to give these people a rest".

Overnight at least four missiles hit the Bab al Aziziya bunker in Tripoli, where Muammar Gaddafi is supposed to be barricaded. Yesterday, the Rais reappeared on a video, presenting tribal chiefs who are his supporters to the nation. Gaddafi had not appeared in public since the death of his son and three grandchildren killed in a NATO raid on March 30.

Meanwhile, after days of intense fighting, the Cyrenaica rebels yesterday conquered Misurata Airport. The city, located 200 km east of Tripoli, has been besieged for over two months by government forces and represents a major strategic points for a possible attack against the capital. (Sc)

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