Libya says telecoms staff to act shield against NATO

By REUTERS
May 16, 2011 22:45

 
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TRIPOLI - Libya said on Monday that tens of thousands of telecoms workers would act as human shields to deter NATO strikes on communications infrastructure, which it said had inflicted serious financial damage.

Speaking to reporters at a government-organized news conference in the capital, a man who identified himself as one of more than 20,000 workers in the sector read a statement vowing to guard telecoms installations with their lives.

"We, the telecoms workers, are present with our families and children around the clock and in shifts to protect this utility," it read.

"We will be human shields to confront any aggression or bombing aimed at continuing destruction of the communications infrastructure."

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