Italy: Estimates of 1,000 dead in Libya are 'credible'

February 23, 2011 15:39

ROME— Estimates that some 1,000 people have been killed in Libya's uprising are credible, the Italian foreign minister said Wednesday.

Minister Franco Frattini cautioned that information on the number of deaths was incomplete. But "we believe that the estimates of about 1,000 are credible," he said in a speech to a Catholic organization in Rome before a briefing in parliament on the unrest.

Italian news reports have said that witnesses and hospital sources in Libya estimate there are 1,000 dead in Tripoli alone. The New York-based Human Rights Watch has put the death toll at nearly 300, according to a partial count.

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