NATO searches oil tanker Anwaar Libya

  • 21 Apr. 2011 -
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  • Last updated: 21 Apr. 2011 21:03

NAPLES - NATO hailed and boarded the oil tanker Anwaar Libya today and after determining it was empty allowed it to resume its voyage from Tripoli to Tunisia.

The Master of the ship was willing to receive the boarding party and the crew was cooperative.  There was no violence, contrary to Libyan state news reports.

The Qadhafi regime continually accuses NATO of unwarranted acts of violence, but it is the regime that is in fact killing innocent civilians and bringing violence to the people of Libya,” said Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard, Commander of Operation Unified Protector.

We needed to determine whether the ship was carrying cargo that could be used in the continuing violence against civilians,” he said, adding “we will continue to take all necessary measures to protect civilians from attack as mandated under UN Security Council Resolution 1973.”