The Libyan government said Tuesday that a NATO airstrike near the western city of Zlitan had killed 85 villagers, including children, state television reported.
Television footage showed what it said were the burned bodies of at least three children under the age of 9 in a hospital. It also showed women and children being treated for injuries, DPA reported.
The report said the victims were from the village of Majar, which is near Zlitan, to the east of the capital Tripoli, where NATO forces have been intensifying their strikes on government troops.
The country is to hold a three-day mourning for the deaths, the channel reported.