Libya civilian casualties: Ban alarmed

2011-08-12 07:42

New York – The UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Thursday expressed alarm over the rising number of civilian casualties in the Libya conflict, including those inflicted in Nato airstrikes.

Without mentioning any side, Ban called on "all parties" to use "extreme caution" in the battle, said a UN statement.

"The secretary general is deeply concerned by reports of the unacceptably large number of civilian casualties as a result of the conflict in Libya," it said.

"The secretary general calls on all parties to exercise extreme caution in their actions, in order to minimise any further loss of civilian life," the statement added.

Ban has been a staunch defender of the Nato action against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, which began in March.

But the air attacks have drawn harsh criticism from members of the UN Security Council, led by Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa, who say the action goes beyond UN resolutions on Libya.

Unesco's director general Irina Bokova this week branded as "unacceptable" a Nato attack on the Libyan state broadcasting headquarters in which three people died.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has insisted that its attacks are within UN resolutions passed this year, which allow action to protect civilians in Libya.

  • Bush Lair - 2011-08-12 08:12

    Ban Ki-moon is just a toothless cat taking it's orders from the brankrupt and crumpling west. Why did Ban condem the brutal crack down on London protesters? This goes to show the world the UN double standards. It's much better for him to keep quiet because every time he says something, he makes mockery of himself and UN. Down with traitors and rebels. Long live Gaddafi, Africa unite.

      slg - 2011-08-12 08:22

      Long live the dictator Gadhafi who is brutalizing Libyans and denying them the right to vote other than on tribal councils, like the Apartheid regime?

      Anton - 2011-08-12 08:26

      Bush Lair Ohhh, Africa IS uniting, there is hardly an African leader left, who still openly supports this tyrant. Down with corrupt criminal thugs. long live the Rebels !!!!

      allan.clean - 2011-08-12 09:58

      @Bush Lair - Long live Gaddafi, Africa unite, You support them?? You should have a tire around your neck,you with all the Gaddafi kind. The Mugabes,Idiot Amin,the Simon Taylor's. The evidance is plentifull how cruel and inhuman they all are.All these types with blood on their hands for torture and murder of their own people.

  • nn.prv - 2011-08-12 08:23

    Yah right ! Damn Hypocrite. He knew it all along.

  • slg - 2011-08-12 08:23

    The quickest way to protect civilians is to target the people giving the orders to harm them: Gadhafi and his inner circle. It's not rocket science.

      Indomitable Momo - 2011-08-12 08:53

      Erm..Nato bombed a house full of civilians...Pot Kettle etc

      Anton - 2011-08-12 10:20

      Indomitable Momo, Any casulties caused by Nato bombings, is regrettable, But NATO has also SAVED the Lives of TENS OF THOUSANDS, who otherwise would have been murdered by this war criminal gaddafi and his rotten sons

      slg - 2011-08-12 22:05

      They do not target civilians, like Gadhafi, Bashar Asad and the Iranian regime.

  • jaco verwey - 2011-08-12 13:34

    as the rebels scury on the ground the suites is playing dice with the future of the planet creating markets for weapons and oil, cliche? there is a reason things become cliches. But it seems that the lower tiers of the society tower is looking up and asking "wow master, is your caviar & cocaine really worth the total colapse of our interdependent species"

      slg - 2011-08-12 22:04


      Anton - 2011-08-14 07:45

      Tell me Jaco, is this one of the after effects of snorting cocaine?

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