NATO air strikes target Libyan state broadcaster

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NATO has announced that it has targeted the Libyan state broadcaster’s TV network, knocking out three transmission dishes in Tripoli.

Despite the hits Libyan TV was still on air.  The station reported that civilians had been killed in the attacks.

NATO said the operation was aimed at preventing Colonel Gaddafi’s regime from making broadcasts that were designed to “oppress and threaten civilians”.

The airstrikes follow an announcement from the US, UK and France that funds previously frozen to prevent access by Gaddafi are now to be made available to rebel leaders in charge of the uprising that began in February.