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Video: NATO takes down three Libyan TV satellite transmitters

Military group tries to limit impact of Muammar Gaddafi’s impassioned television broadcasts by bombing transmitters.

NATO aircraft fly over Libyan skies
NATO aircraft fly over Libyan skies
Image: NATO

NATO HAS BOMBED three pro-Gaddafi television satellite transmitters in Tripoli in an effort to limit the impact of the leader’s infamous broadcasts.

The military group, which has been carrying out air strikes in Libya since March, said that in the past few hours it conducted precision bombings to take down the Libyan state TV transmitters.

NATO said the attack was carried out with the intent of degrading the unpopular leader’s use of TV broadcasts to intimidate the Libyan people.

The organisation believes that Gaddafi uses the television broadcasts as opportunities to incite acts of violence against civilians.

State-controlled television has become an integral component of the regime in Libya to oppress and threaten civilians, the group said in a statement this morning.

Gaddafi’s increasing practice of inflammatory broadcasts illustrates his regime’s policy to instill hatred amongst Libyans, to mobilise its supporters against civilians and to trigger bloodshed.

In light of our mandate to protect civilian lives, we had to act.

Meanwhile, NATO also carried out air strikes in the vicinity of Brega, the key oil town that rebels and pro-government forces have been battling for control of for months.

Two armed vehicles, seven military facilities and a rocket launcher were hit successfully in the area, according to NATO.

Since NATO took action in the North African country on 31 March, almost 6,500 strikes have been conducted.

Watch – Russia Today has uploaded an video of the damage caused by the morning’s strikes:

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