In August, regime officials of Muammar Gadhafi claimed that 85 civilians were killed in a NATO airstrike in the village of Majar. Locals have acknowledged that the Gadhafi spokesman’s figures were inflated, including both those killed and injured.
But now survivors and family members are requesting compensation for the lost lives and property and they’re demanding answers as to why NATO bombed them. They put the death toll at 35, and provided photographs of 28 people they said were victims, which included young men, older women, and children.
NATO denies the claims of civilian casualties, sticking to their initial assessment that the target in Majar, which was hit with precision-guided munitions, was a “military staging area.” Further, NATO has no plans to investigate the incident, despite calls by Amnesty International and the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to investigate the true number of civilian casualties and property damage.
“NATO does not have any troops on the ground in Libya and consequently no reliable method to verify the civilian casualty allegations,” NATO spokesman Col. Roland Lavoie told McClatchy news service. It is acknowledged that Gadhafi officials inflated the death count, but history has also exposed NATO as underestimating the true number of deaths resulting from their attacks.
The refusal to compile figures for alleged civilian casualties or conduct investigations at sites such as Majar only adds to this uncertainty.
NATO has ignored calls for investigations into other alleged incidents of killing civilians, of which there have been a few. NATO has admitted to at least one occasion in which a NATO strike hit a civilian home in Tripoli, killing a number of civilians, including infants. The numbers of those killed by NATO strikes in Sirte, one of the most intensely attacked cities of the war, are much higher that the Majar incident, going into the hundreds.
The crimes committed on civilians, a number of them resulting in civilian deaths, by NATO’s rebel allies are also not being investigated by NATO or any other body, but are expected to be significant.
12 thoughts on “NATO Refuses to Investigate Libyan Civilian Deaths”
they can blame Gadhafi
message for libyan children
remember kids first things first, when a bomb falls out of the sky and tears your parents in to pieces get a photograph of them so you can get your compensation.
oh and remember the face must be clearly visible.
any way we hope you have enjoyed your liberation
If they were going to do that then they have oppend a door for ICC and other war crime investigative organizations to start a creminal investigation against NATO.., but for NATO a few thousands life here and there is not a question.., to implement their bandits in Libya is more important then human lifes.
why would NATO want to investigate the murder of civilians in Libya seeing as NATO caused most of them,either by bombing by aircraft or by the so called REBELS armed to the teeth from day one.
Still wondering how Al- Alawki became a 'fanatic'?
This is as surprising as earth turning on its axis. "We don't do civilian body counts," especially not of non-Europeans.
NATOs proposition that only THEY can provide a "reliable method" for verifying collateral damage is righteous. Translation: We have to be the ones to "investigate" because that's the only way the results will be what we want them to be.
Since when does NATO investigate any such thing. The Libyans will have to find some other entity to investigate and then they an hopefully sue NATO, France, England. Why should only the war maniacs and neocons use lawfare for their purposes.
TRY SPELLING NATO WITH A SWASTIKA AS THE FIRST LETTER………………….. Just tilt the "N" a bit clockwise and pierce the diagonal line with a bolt of lightning…in it's center… Why didn't "'they" think of this long ago…??
Nothing to see here. Move along.
No need to worry about the corporate media moving along and refusing to look and see, of course.
NATO is criminal and should be taken apart they are conrolled by America.I thought they were there to save lives.They did the exact opposite a killed more than would have been.NATO in no way values human life.They along with America and Israel are the realy worlds terrorists.When will all the worlds people put race aside and religion we all came from the same place Adam and Eve witch means we are all related.Untill we stand as one against violence and corruption the littel 1 persent will continue to controll us.The police and militarys will stand with the people if we all stood togeather.They now do what they are told because of the division.When they see all togeather working twords whats right most will join there fellow man.They should anyway but they don't and that needs to be changed.If we don't no one will win and we will see WW3 and all die.If we don't put our differences aside for us lets do it for the children.Me I respect all religions and have no racism only against criminals like the zionists that controll Israel and America.
it is not racism, but hate that causes division; and you clearly hold hatred.
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