This from The Libya Herald, 30th October 2013:
‘Zliten had 17 schools before the revolution. Now it has four. Because Qaddafi’s forces stockpiled munitions inside them, NATO bombed the rest. Smashed buildings have not been replaced and some classes are now being held in shipping containers’.
The article goes on to say that ‘Education in the town is in crisis’, and that ‘academic attainment levels had plunged by 50 percent’.
This isn’t the first report of NATO having bombed schools in towns like Zliten. A joint investigation by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, the Arab Organization for Human Rights, and the International Legal Assistance Consortium, published in January 2012, found that:
‘As noted, a number of the NATO-targeted sites visited by the Mission were ostensibly civilian objects. Following on-site investigations, the Mission was unable to find any convincing physical evidence demonstrating that these sites had been used for military purposes. These sites included a number of schools in Zliten, a Zliten-region food warehouse, the house of Khaled El Hamedi, and the Office of the Administrative Controller in Tripoli’.
You’ll notice that while the Libya Herald article states that the schools ‘stockpiled munitions inside them’, investigators on the ground were actually unable to find ‘any convincing physical evidence demonstrating that these sites had been used for military purposes’.
It’s possible that some were used for storing munitions, of course – but it’s also possible that the author of the Libya Herald article is mistaken, or just echoing official claims.
Either way, that NATO did bomb schools (and food warehouses, and media outlets) during their so-called ‘humanitarian intervention’ is beyond reasonable doubt – and the children of Zliten are paying the price for that to this day.
Not that many people would know this, of course, because these potential war crimes simply haven’t been reported on in British or American corporate media.