New York: Expressing concern over the rising civilian casualties in Libya, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said there will be no military solution for resolving the conflict in the North African nation. “The Secretary General is deeply concerned by reports of the unacceptably large number of civilian casualties as a result of the conflict in Libya,” a statement from Ban’s office said.“The Secretary General calls on all parties to exercise extreme caution in their actions, in order to minimize any further loss of civilian life,” the statement added.
The UN chief also had a telephone conversation with Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi on Wednesday in which he voiced concern about rising civilian death toll and the destruction of infrastructure.
Thousands of people have been killed in fighting between loyalists of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi and revolutionary forces since mid-February when the uprising against the regime started.
The Libyan regime claims more than one thousand civilians have lost their lives in airstrikes by Nato warplanes.
Libyan officials have said that at least 85 civilians were killed in a Nato air raid on the village of Majer, east of the capital Tripoli, late on Monday. The military alliance, however, said it hit a military target.
Nato jets have carried out more than 18,533 sorties, including at least 7,037 strike sorties since the alliance took command of the Libya mission on March 31, according to a Reuters report on Thursday.