Doctor tells BBC coalition strike killed civilians

LONDON (Reuters) – BBC television quoted a Libyan doctor as saying that a Western coalition air strike had killed seven civilians, mostly children, and wounded another 25 people near the oil town of Brega on Wednesday.

The doctor told the BBC correspondent he had been called to a village 15 km (9 miles) from Brega after the strike hit a military convoy driven by supporters of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

A trailer containing ammunition exploded between two homes, killing girls and young men aged between 12 and 20, the BBC said on Friday. The report has not been confirmed.

NATO has taken over command of air strikes that have targeted Gaddafi’s military infrastructure, and of policing a U.N.-mandated no-fly zone and an arms embargo.

The no-fly zone was imposed authorizes “all necessary measures” to protect civilians from attack by Gaddafi’s forces.

Doctor tells BBC coalition strike killed civilians