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XV Sirte

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Sirte was the hometown of Qadhafi and its people were among his most steadfast supporters. The city saw very little protest during the initial stages of the conflict, and thereafter was primarily a launching ground for attacks on cities controlled by thuwar forces. Sirte was one of the last Libyan cities to hold out against the thuwar, and was the place where Qadhafi was killed. The battle for Sirte exacted a substantial toll on the civilian population and the city's infrastructure. Reports also indicate the extensive NATO airstrikes in and around Sirte, noting that several strikes hit non-military targets causing civilian casualties, including a residential home belonging to a regime general and an apartment building. On the basis of the available information, it can reasonably be concluded that NATO air strikes hit thuwar and civilian targets, causing numerous casualties.

Keywords:civilian; NATO; Qadhafi; Sirte; thuwar



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