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  • » 06/02/2011, 00.00

    LIBYA

    Bombs are becoming our Calvary,” says Tripoli bishop



    Some of the capital’s southern suburbs were hit in six air raids overnight, damaging civilian buildings. Mgr Martinelli slams NATO’s indifference to a peaceful solution to the conflict. “In order to destroy Gaddafi, NATO is killing dozens of innocent people.”
    Tripoli (AsiaNews) – NATO continues its bombing raids against Tripoli. Last night six planes hit some of the city’s southern suburbs, causing damage to civilian buildings. “Bombs are becoming our Calvary. In order to destroy Gaddafi, NATO is killing dozens of innocent people.”

    Yesterday, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced the extension of NATO’s mission to Libya by another 90 days after Gaddafi refused to give up power. The NATO chief also suggested that Special Forces might intervene if rebels find themselves in difficulty.

    “NATO remains loyal to its bombs,” Mgr Martinelli said. “Why aren’t other venues tried? It appears no one wants a peaceful solution to the conflict.”

    The prelate noted that papal appeals for a truce have been ignored so far. This has left the Libyan people at the mercy of a war that is generating hatreds and divisions.

    “The future is uncertain,” the bishop said. “The only strength that is left is faith to understand the mystery of this suffering.”

    Meanwhile, the United Nations released a report yesterday that accuses Libyan government forces of crimes against humanity and war crimes. The UN mission also found that rebels committed acts that constitute “war crimes”. (S.C.)

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    21/06/2011 LIBYA
    Bishop of Tripoli: NATO bombs playing into Gaddafi’s hands
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    09/06/2011 LIBYA
    Mgr Martinelli calls for diplomatic steps, says he is not hiding Gaddafi in church
    The Libya Contact Group is meeting in Abu Dhabi to discuss the country’s post-Gaddafi future. For the apostolic vicar to Tripoli, the West’s inflexibility vis-à-vis its Libyan counterpart could prolong the war beyond the three months anticipated by NATO.

    11/05/2011 LIBYA
    Bishop of Tripoli: Bombs on civilians, destroying an entire people to take down Gaddafi
    At night, the NATO bombing hit civilian buildings. Four children were injured. For Mgr. Martinelli, the UN must bring peace not war. Italy's grave responsibility in the operation of fury against the Libyan population.

    10/05/2011 LIBYA
    Bishop of Tripoli: Libyans are fleeing the war. Hundreds of thousands of refugees
    Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli warns the population is afraid and wants to escape. The call for an immediate ceasefire and the opening of negotiations. Today, meeting between Vatican Secretary of State and the Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini to discuss the situation in North Africa and the Middle East.

    02/05/2011 LIBYA
    Tripoli bishop attends funeral of Gaddafi’s relatives, Moscow criticises airstrikes
    The funeral of Gaddafi’s youngest son and three grandchildren was held this afternoon. Russian Foreign Ministry criticises NATO for using disproportionate force, harming the population. It says the alliance is violating UN resolution. In Tripoli, the embassies of Italy and Great Britain and UN offices are set on fire.



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