07 May '11, 3pm

Gaddafi choppers with Red Cross emblem drop mines: rebels

BENGHAZI : Libyan rebels have accused the forces of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi of using helicopters bearing the Red Cross emblem of dropping mines into the harbour of the besieged city Misrata. NATO confirmed that helicopters had flown over the city on Thursday in breach of the no-fly zone its war planes are supposed to enforce, but it could not confirm that the choppers were marked with the Red Cross sign. Suleiman Fortiya, who represents Misrata on the Benghazi-based opposition National Transitional Council said small helicopters flew over Misrata on Thursday and Friday to drop mines in the rebels' major western hold-out. He said the choppers had been disguised as humanitarian aircraft carrying the emblems of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. "They had Red Crescent and Red Cross markers so that anyone who sees them thinks it is for huma...

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