Libyan rebels claim NATO planes erroneously bombed a row of their tanks, killing five people, as the head of US Africa Command, General Carter Ham, admits it is unlikely Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi will be dislodged by force.
REUTERS - Libyan rebels said five of their fighters were killed when NATO planes mistakenly bombed a rebel tank column and a top U.S. general said they were unlikely to be able to oust Muammar Gaddafi by force.
In rebel-held eastern Libya, wounded rebels being brought to a hospital Ajdabiyah said their trucks and tanks were hit on Thursday by a NATO air strike outside Brega, where fighting has dragged on for a week.
He told a Senate hearing in Washington the United States should not arm the rebels without a better idea of who they were and when asked how the war would end, said: "I think it does not end militarily."
Libya's third city rose up with other towns against Gaddafi in mid-February and has been under siege for weeks after a violent crackdown put an end to most protests elsewhere in the west of the country.
Shokri Ghanem, chairman of the government National Oil Corporation, told Reuters Libya's production had fallen to 250,000 to 300,000 barrels per day compared with 1.6 million before the uprising.
Date created : 2011-04-08