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05 August 2011 :: 17:08:13 pm 56936

NATO planes bomb Tripoli, rebels attack pipeline

NATO warplanes bombed the Libyan capital early Friday, state television said, as Moamer Kadhafi's regime accused rebels of sabotaging a key pipeline feeding the country's sole functioning refinery.
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About 10 loud explosions rocked the city around 1:30 am (2330 GMT), an AFP journalist said.

Shortly afterwards, Libyan television said “civilian and military sites” at the southeastern suburb of Khellat al-Ferjan had been targeted by “the colonialist aggressor.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaaim meanwhile said late Thursday that rebel forces had sabotaged a pipeline in the Jebel Nefussa region, a mountainous area southeast of Tripoli.

“The rebels turned off a valve and poured cement over it,” he said, adding that this would lead to a shortage of electricity in the capital as oil and gas were used at the Zawiyah refinery to generate power.

Kaaim said food and medicine supplies were spoiling in the capital due to long power cuts. Tripoli residents complained Thursday of extensive blackouts and an acute shortage of gas canisters.

NATO “wants to create a humanitarian crisis in Libya while the aim of its mission is to protect civilians,” Kaaim said.

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