NATO says it has bombed three Libyan satellite dishes in the capital, Tripoli, in an effort to prevent Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from using state television to intimidate civilians.
But the Libyan Broadcasting Coproration condemned the attack Saturday, saying three employees were killed and 15 more wounded. An LBC official said the channel is not a “military target” and its employees were doing their jobs as journalists, posing no threat to civilians.
A NATO spokesman said the strike was “necessary,” because he said Mr. Gadhafi used television broadcasts to “oppress and threaten” the Libyan people and incite attacks against them. He said the strike on the satellite dishes was carried out after “careful planning” to minimize the risk of casualties or long-term damage to television transmission capabilities.