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NATO airstrikes hit Tripoli city center
Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:25AM
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Another round of NATO airstrikes has targeted central Tripoli. (file photo)
Several airstrikes have targeted central Tripoli as the NATO-led campaign against Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi continues.

At least 10 powerful blasts were heard in the city center at 10:00 p.m. (2000 GMT) on Friday near Gaddafi's residence, AFP reported.

On Thursday, Libya's Transitional National Council said the military commander-in-chief of the revolutionary forces, Abdel Fattah Younes, was shot dead in Benghazi.

The former interior minister had defected from the Libyan regime to become the military leader of the revolutionaries.

In April, he criticized NATO for failing to prevent regime forces from killing civilians.

NATO began bombing "military targets" in Libya on March 19, after the UN Security Council approved a resolution on March 17, authorizing force by whatever means necessary, with the exception of a ground invasion, to "protect civilians."

Hundreds of people have been killed in Libya since the NATO airstrikes began.

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