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NATO jets target ships in Tripoli harbor

AP reports: NATO fighter jets struck the Tripoli harbor in bombing runs overnight, damaging five coast guard boats and a warship, the Libyan government said early Friday. Reporters could see flames and smoke rising from the stricken warship into the night sky.

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Smoke rises from a fire on a boat on May 19 in Tripoli after NATO air strikes targeted the port of the Libyan capital.

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Smoke rises from a ship that was hit in an airstrike, at Tripoli sea port early on May 20.

In Brussels, NATO on Friday confirmed that its warplanes targeted the vessels and accused Libya of using its ships in the escalating conflict, including attempts to mine the harbor in Misrata. Rebels trying to end the nearly 40-year rule of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have been struggling to hold the Western city of Misrata against repeated attacks by forces loyal to Gadhafi.

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