Nearly three months into NATO's bombing campaign, Moammar Gaddafi's government churns out daily propaganda about the alliance supposedly inflicting civilian casualties. Last week, it said that 718 people had died from mid-March to late May and that 4,067 had suffered significant injuries, according to Washington Post.
NATO military craft appear to be increasing the frequency of their strikes around the capital, the stronghold of Khadafy's four-decade-old regime. Khadafy also faces a four-month-old rebel insurgency, several defections, and a naval blockade.
In Brussels, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he would use a meeting tomorrow with the alliance's defense ministers to demand that more countries contribute to the fight against Khadafy. He did not mention specific nations. Britain and France have been heavily involved since the mission started in March, says Boston Globe.
An explosion of household gas occurred in a nine-storeyed apartment building in the city of Shakhty, the Rostov region of Russia. The blast destroyed two storeys of the building