NATO bombs Libyan state TV

A satellite dish in the Libyan state television compound in Tripoli was destroyed when NATO warplanes bombed three satellite transmitters. NATO says Libya uses TV to threaten civilians.

Associated Press

A satellite dish in the Libyan state television compound in Tripoli was destroyed when NATO warplanes bombed three satellite transmitters. NATO says Libya uses TV to threaten civilians.

TRIPOLI, Libya — NATO warplanes bombed three Libyan state TV satellite transmitters in Tripoli overnight, targeting a key propaganda tool that the military alliance said Saturday is used by Moammar Gadhafi's government to incite violence and threaten civilians.

There was no comment from Libyan officials on what had been hit, but state TV was still on the air in Tripoli on Saturday.

NATO said the airstrikes aimed to degrade Gadhafi's "use of satellite television as a means to intimidate the Libyan people and incite acts of violence against them."

Libya's rebel movement, meanwhile, appeared in disarray after the mysterious death of its chief military commander. Some witnesses said the killing was carried out by fellow rebel fighters.

The head of the rebel National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, sought to dispel any notions of infighting on Saturday and accused Gadhafi supporters of killing Abdel-Fattah Younis. He told reporters that the commander, who was Gadhafi's interior minister before defecting, had been arrested after complaints he was mismanaging rebel forces.

Younis' body was found dumped outside the rebels' de facto capital of Benghazi on Thursday along with the bodies of two colonels who were his top aides. They had been shot and their bodies burned.

Abdul-Jalil said authorities had the names of those behind the attack, but no arrests have yet been made.

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NATO bombs Libyan state TV 07/30/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 30, 2011 11:41pm]

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