05/11/2011, 00.00
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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.

Tripoli (AsiaNews) - "They are dropping bombs as if they were jewels. There is no criteria, there is only the will to end it" says Mgr. Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli. The bishop confirmed the wounding of four children during the NATO bombing during the night between Monday and Tuesday on the Libyan capital. "The bombs hit civilian buildings - he said - some of them were dropped near a hospital."

In the night between May 9th and 10th, NATO has taken over the bombing of the Libyan capital, to flush Gaddafi and and force him to surrender. The raid hits the headquarters of state television and official news agency, but the government says was badly damaged also the High Commission for Children.  Explosions were reported near the bunker of Bab al Aziziyah, where it would shut the rais.

According to Mgr. Martinelli the bombs are provoking increasing unease among the population. "On the streets - he says - you see mothers and little children, left to themselves." The prelate is highly critical of those who define the war on Libya as a humanitarian effort to protect the people and carried out with the United Nations approval. "The United Nations was created to defend the weak - he said - to bring peace, not war." Archbishop Martinelli speaks o fan intesifying in NATO operations whose goal is to destroy Gaddafi and his people. "They say the Rais has not been sighted for many days. If he they can’t see him then tehy should leave him in peace. To take him out they can not destroy all his people. "

For the prelate, Italy has a grave responsibility in the Libyan crisis and "the bombs dropped against Tripoli is a serious sign of aggression against this people." "If the great who started this operation, do not stop and do not listen to the appeals - adds the bishop – then we can only rely on God to give them wisdom and judgement." (S.C.)

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