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NATO may continue Libya bombing during Ramadan

NATO says its warplanes may continue bombing Libya during Ramadan if Gaddafi's forces attack rebel-held areas during the holy month

AP , Tuesday 12 Jul 2011
NATO says it may continue bombing Libya during Ramadan (photo Reuters)
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NATO spokesman Wing Cmdr. Mike Bracken said Tuesday the alliance would wait and see whether pro-Gaddafi units cease their operations during Ramadan, which starts around 1 August. If they don't "then I think it would be highly appropriate to continue to use the mandate that NATO has to protect those lives," he said.

The Western alliance is operating under a UN mandate that allows the use of force to protect civilians.

NATO is worried that bombing a Muslim nation during the month-long period of prayer, reflection and sunrise-to-sunset fasts could provoke a public backlash in the Islamic world.

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