April 18, 2011 / 8:00 PM / 9 years ago

NATO hit Sirte telecoms stations -Libya news agency

TUNIS, April 18 (Reuters) - NATO air strikes destroyed the main telecommunications tower in the city of Sirte on Monday, Libyan state news agency Jana said.

Citing an engineer in the city 450 km (281 miles) east of the capital Tripoli, Jana said “the bombardment of the colonial and crusader aggressors” also hit two other telecommunications stations there early in the morning.

“The three stations provide telephone services for residents across Libya. The stations also provide communications networks for the fire brigades, rescue services and hospitals,” it said.

Western officials say NATO is targeting only military targets consistent with the alliance’s U.N.-mandated campaign to impose a no-fly zone and protect Libyan civilians from Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.

Reporting by Joseph Nasr; writing by Fredrik Dahl; editing by Elizabeth Fullerton

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