NATO urges Libyans to keep distance from Gaddafi military
NATO on Wednesday urged Libyan civilians to keep a good distance from forces backing Moamer Gaddafi to minimize risk of injury from NATO attacks, dpa reported.
Canadian Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard, commander of the international military in Libya, said that NATO pilots "go to very great lengths" to reduce risk to civilians when attacking targets.
"But the risk cannot be reduced to zero," Bouchard said in a statement.
"Civilians can assist NATO by distancing themselves from Gaddafi regime forces and equipment whenever possible. Doing this will allow NATO to strike those forces and equipment with greater success and with the minimum risk to civilians."
Bouchard said the campaign to protect opposition forces and civilians has been so far "successful" and that NATO was seeing results in "reduced activity in regime-held areas."
Wednesdays NATO attacks were targeted on ammunition bunkers used to supply Gaddafi's troops and tanks around Misurata and would continue as long as Gaddafi continued to attack his own people, Bouchard said.