NATO bombs UNESCO heritage site in Libya

NATO aircraft have bombed the unique ancient city of Leptis Magna in Libya, the Libyan official news agency reports.

Sprawling along the Mediterranean coast, Leptis Magna is a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its antique Roman architecture. The city was founded around 1100 B.C. and is often dubbed Rome in Africa. Five huge color mosaics dating to the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. have been found their recently.

In a strong condemnation of the bombing, the Libyan government accused NATO of not distinguishing between military and civilian targets and of grossly violating all international norms and conventions.

[Source: The Voice of Russia, Moscow, 18Aug11]

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