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Libya air raids death toll hits 1,000

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Some 1,000 people have been killed by Libyan security forces in bomb attacks against pro-democracy demonstrators in the North African country, reports say.

A Rome-based group representing Arab expatriates revealed the mascara on Tuesday to become yet another aspect of the Tripoli’s brutal crackdown on the country’s popular revolution

“Hospitals have no electricity and no medicines,” said Foad Aodi, who heads the Rome-based Arab World Communities in Italy (COMAI), dpa reported.

COMAI has appealed to the Italian government to send medical and other emergency supplies to crisis-hit Libya.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s government “must not remain …deaf and dumb towards the revolution which is taking place in these hours,” Aodi said.

As nearly 1,400 Libyans have been killed by Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi’s forces over the past several days, governments across the world have condemned the Libyan government’s violent repression of the pro-democracy protesters.

EU foreign ministers on Tuesday issued a statement expressing great concern about the crisis in Libya. They called for violence to stop immediately and for dialog to begin.

Several European countries — including Germany — have also called for sanctions against Libya’s long-time ruler Gaddafi.

The Arab League has meanwhile barred Libya from its meetings until Tripoli responds to the demands of the pro-democracy protesters.

Gaddafi, who came to power 41 years ago in a bloodless military coup, delivered a televised address on Tuesday in which he vowed to fight on to his “last drop of blood” and called on his supporters to take to the streets to confront the protesters.


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