October 6, 2011
NATO warplanes bombed the medical center in Sirte, located 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of the capital Tripoli, on Thursday. The number of possible casualties remains unknown.
The strike comes as the houses of tribesmen loyal to the fugitive Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi have been looted in the south of the city.
Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday set out conditions for the termination of the NATO campaign in Libya.
Speaking at a meeting of NATO defense chiefs in Brussels, Belgium, Panetta said that a decision to cease the bombing of Libya will depend on whether forces loyal to Gaddafi are still able to attack civilians, and whether the Libya’s National Transitional forces are able to provide security for the North African country.
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