Gaddafi accuses NATO of civilian 'murders' in Libya

By REUTERS
June 23, 2011 03:20

In latest TV address Libyan leader says "one day we will respond to you likewise and your homes will be legitimate targets."

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Muammar Gaddafi appears on State TV

Gaddafi on state TV 311. (photo credit: REUTERS/Libyan TV)

RABAT - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi accused NATO states of murder in an audio speech broadcast late on Wednesday, days after the alliance acknowledged for the first time its bombs may have caused civilian casualties.

"You said, 'we hit our targets with precision', you murderers!" he said in a tirade against NATO on state television.

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"One day we will respond to you likewise and your homes will be legitimate targets," he said, warning of war in Europe, the United States and Asia.

The date on the screen was June 22 but Gaddafi referred to a June 19 strike on a house in Tripoli after which NATO regretted civilian casualties as "yesterday's crime", suggesting he was speaking on June 20 and raising questions over his location.

On Tuesday, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain can keep up its military intervention in Libya as long as is needed following comments from senior UK military chiefs who have questioned long Britain could sustain its military.

"I'm absolutely confident that we can keep this pressure up, (that) we can maintain this mission for as long as is necessary," Cameron told a news conference.

"Time is on our side, not on Gaddafi's side," he added.

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