Libya: The Forgotten Victims of NATO Strikes

Mustafa Naji al-Morabit by his home's ruins in Libya, Feb. 2012, after it was struck in Aug. 2011 © Amnesty International
March 19, 2012

Libya: The Forgotten Victims of NATO Strikes

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On March 19, 2011 several member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), including the USA, the UK and France, launched a military campaign with air and naval strikes against Colonel Mu'ammar al-Gaddafi's forces in Libya.

According to NATO, the seven-month air and sea military campaign comprised more than 9,700 strikes sorties and destroyed over 5,900 military targets.

However, scores of Libyan civilians who did not directly participate in hostilities were killed and many more injured as a result of NATO strikes. Regrettably more than four months since the end of the military campaign, NATO has yet to address these incidents appropriately, including by establishing contact and providing information to the victims and their relatives about any investigation which might have been initiated.

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