NATO planes target Gaddafi’s Tripoli compound

TRIPOLI – At least five large explosions rocked the Libyan capital Tripoli on Tuesday night, as the NATO military campaign continued. For a second night, the air strikes targeted the area around Col Muammar Gaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziya compound. NATO says the compound has been used by the regime as a base for troops and vehicles used to carry out attacks on civilians. But Libyan authorities say NATO is trying to kill Col Gaddafi and that the night-time strikes are terrorising Tripoli residents. Russia condemned the strikes, saying NATO was overstepping a UN mandate to protect civilians, RIA Novosti informs. “Here is yet another violation of the UN Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973,” Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s human rights envoy, said in a statement on Wednesday. Russia has refused to recognize Libya’s rebel Transitional National Council (TNC) as the country’s legitimate government but said on Tuesday the rebels were legitimate negotiators.

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