NATO forces launched an air strike early Thursday against the Tripoli suburb of Khellat al-Ferjan, and local media reports indicate that seven civilians were killed and 18 others were wounded in the strike.
NATO officials were quick to deny the reports, saying there was “no indication” any of the people killed were civilians. At the same time, they ruled out conducting any sort of investigation into the identities of those slain.
In spite of the denial, NATO Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard issued a statement in the wake of the attacks urging Libyan civilians to “distance themselves from Gadhafi regime forces and equipment whenever possible.”
Several reports have emerged since the beginning of the war regarding civilian deaths in the NATO air strikes. The exact number of slain is virtually impossible to confirm, given the lack of journalists on the ground in Gadhafian territory.