Libya gov't claim child injured in NATO strike challenged

Hospital workers tell visiting foreign journalists that child was actually hurt in a car accident.

By REUTERS
June 6, 2011 11:15
Baby that Libya government claims hurt by NATO

Libyan Baby 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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The staff of a hospital in Libya is challenging the Libyan government's claims that a baby was  wounded in a NATO air strike on Tripoli.

Government officials took foreign journalists to see the child in the hospital, where a worker handed a note to journalists saying the child had been hurt in a car accident.

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A man at the girl's bedside claiming to be a neighbor of the child and her family denounced NATO at the prompting of a Libyan government official who was also present. The same man later acknowledged that he was employed by the Gaddafi government's media operations team.

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's officials say more than 700 civilians have been killed and more than 4,000 wounded in NATO air strikes.

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