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Libya crisis: Nato blamed for Tripoli strike deaths

19 June 2011 Last updated at 07:53 BST

NATO has acknowledged that a number of civilians may have been killed in an overnight airstrike on the Libyan capital Tripoli.

The head of the NATO military mission said they had been targeting a surface-to-air missile site but that there may have been a weapons systems failure.

Libyan officials say nine people including two babies were killed in the attack on the residential Souk al-Duma district in northern Tripoli.

The BBC's Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen reports.