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More NATO Airstrikes Rattle Tripoli

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TEHRAN, May 25 (ICANA) – More NATO airstrikes have hit Tripoli, with the latest attacks targeting Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi's residence once again.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 1:57:57 PM
More NATO Airstrikes Rattle Tripoli

Three explosions rang out in the Bab Al-Aziziya district of Tripoli at 11:00 p.m. (2100 GMT) on Tuesday night. Three others were heard minutes later, AFP reported.

NATO warplanes also attacked Gaddafi's residence on Monday. The Libyan government said nineteen people were killed and more than 150 others were injured in the airstrikes.

NATO is mandated by the UN to enforce a no-fly zone on Libya in order to protect civilians. However, numerous civilians have been killed in the NATO airstrikes.

On Tuesday, French Defense Minister Gérard Longuet said France will send 12 helicopters to Libya and added that Britain also plans to send helicopters to the country in the near future.

British MP Jim Murphy of the Labour Party said on Tuesday that the deployment of Apache helicopters will intensify the conflict in Libya.

Murphy censured the British government and Parliament for not informing citizens about the initiative first announced by the French minister.

However, British Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey told MPs on Tuesday that the government has not yet decided about the issue of sending attack helicopters to the Libya war.

Meanwhile, pro-Gaddafi forces have continued their attacks on the revolutionaries' positions. Several rockets were fired on opposition forces in Zintan on Monday.

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