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Thursday
Apr282011

Report: NATO Friendly Fire Kills 12 Anti-Gadhafi Rebels

Paul Tearle/Thinkstock(MISRATA, Libya) -- Officials confirmed Thursday that 12 Libyan rebels were mistakenly killed near the town of Misrata Wednesday as the result of a NATO airstrike, the Los Angeles Times reports.

ABC News Radio reported Wednesday that NATO was planning to step up attacks on Moammar Gadhafi's forces, with the goal to paralyze Gadhafi's ability to lead his military.

After at least three reported friendly fire incidents since NATO began targeting Gadhafi's regime to protect Libyan civilians, the Los Angeles Times reports that those leading the anti-Gadhafi forces maintain their support for the NATO strikes.  They have said the incidents are "unfortunate accidents in a worthy cause."

Both NATO and rebel forces have agreed that additional measures -- such as marking rebel vehicles and reporting rebel positions to NATO -- will be enforced to prevent friendly fire casualties from happening again.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio 

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