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  • » 05/02/2011, 00.00

    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.
    Tripoli (AsiaNews) – Mgr Martinelli, apostolic vicar of Tripoli, took part in the funeral of Gaddafi’s youngest son and three grandchildren. The three-hour ceremony was held this afternoon. The prelate did not release any statement, but yesterday confirmed the death of members of Gaddafi’s family in a NATO airstrike against the Libyan leader’s personal Bab al-Azizia military compound. In the meantime, Russia criticised NATO bombing for causing civilian casualties. According to Moscow, the alliance is using disproportionate force and going beyond the terms of Resolution 1973.

    "The disproportional use of force, all the more so, beyond the mandate of UN Security Council Resolution No. 1973, which in no way stipulates the replacement of the Libyan leadership, is leading to harmful consequences and the death of civilians," a Russian Foreign Ministry statement said.

    “We are again calling for strict compliance with the provisions of the decisions made by the international community on the Libyan conflict, for an immediate ceasefire and the start of a political settlement without any preconditions," the statement added.

    Despite accusations, the commander of NATO operations in Libya, Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard, said that the alliance does not target civilians, and that recent operations were aimed at command and control centres that threaten the civilian population.

    Also yesterday, in Tripoli mobs attacked the embassies of Italy and Great Britain as well as the UN offices in reprisal for the death of members of Gaddafi’s family.

    For security reasons, Turkey also evacuated its diplomatic mission.

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    Peaceful solution wanted as Tripoli bishops warns against leaving Gaddafi out
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    01/09/2011 LIBYA
    Mgr. Martinelli: Gadaffi can still determine the fate of Libya
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    03/10/2011 LIBYA
    Mgr Martinelli makes plea as risk of humanitarian catastrophe looms in Sirte
    Libyan hospitals are on the brink of collapse. People are dying for the lack of oxygen tanks and ongoing blackouts. More than 10,000 people have fled Sirte and Bani Walid, the last strongholds of the old regime. Tripoli bishop calls on foreign nations to take in thousands of the wounded.

    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.



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