AFRICA/LIBYA - "Food stores are hit, but with what right?" Complains Mgr. Martinelli

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Tripoli (Fides Service) - "They are hitting civilian targets such as food stores" denounces His Exc. Mgr. Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli to Fides. "A few days ago, NATO warplanes hit a food store just outside Tripoli, which contained oil, pasta, tomato sauce. A river of oil came out of the warehouse which was destroyed. I know they have also hit a social center. By what right does one hit a food center? "Asks the Bishop.
"In addition, but I found out about the news in an indirect way and I have not personally verified, there seems to be demonstrations in the mountains near Tripoli in favor of Gaddafi. Again even in this case there were bombings. I have no news about casualties, and I do not think there are any, but it is clear that all of this is aimed at frightening people by bombing near their demonstrations ", said Mgr. Martinelli, who also refers to the psychological pressure which is affecting the population, because " NATO aircraft continue to fly , especially at night".
"The Libyans, however, show gratitude to the Church. Two days ago a group of women came to thank us for our the prayers in favor of peace. Yesterday I received another sign, simple but touching, the gratitude of the Libyans to the Church: a gentleman gave us a basket of figs, saying “these figs are for you because you are a sign of friendship ", concluded Mgr. Martinelli . (LM) (Agenzia Fides 07/26/2011)