NATO shells Red Crescent centres - Libya state TV

Libyan state television said NATO warships hit a Red Crescent Society building when they shelled the rebel-controlled city of Misrata on Friday.

"Barbaric naval NATO shelling targets Red Crescent centres in Misrata," al-Libiya television said in a caption.

The satellite channel showed footage of medics and nurses wearing uniforms and Red Crescent insignia attending to wounded people with blood stains on their legs at a building it said was that of a Red Crescent Society.

"This the result of the NATO shelling of the Libyan Red Crescent in Misrata," a caption said, as it showed one medic crying.

A NATO official said the only incident he was aware of involving NATO warships in the area involved NATO ships exchanging fire with government forces ashore on Thursday after moving to intercept an attack on Misrata by small boats.

Al-Libiya earlier reported said that warships had hit western parts of Misrata and the outskirts of the nearby town of Zlitan on Friday.

Al-Jamahiriya television, another state channel, quoted a military spokesman as saying that NATO warships shelled the area of Ad-Dafniyah, mid-way between Misrata and Zlitan, on Friday causing "human and material" damages.

It said that residents were forced to flee their houses as a result of the shelling.

The reports could not be independently verified.

[Source: Reuters, Cairo, 13May11]

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