NATO War Crimes against Libya

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On July 22, 2011, NATO bombed Libya’s main water source. The supply facility, operated by the Man Made River Corporation, provided water to approximately 70% of Libya’s population. With this plant damaged much of Libya’s population living in the desert does not have access to water. As if bombing the plant itself wasn’t enough, NATO proceeded to bomb the factory that manufactured the pipes to fix the damaged plant.  The attack caused damage that will take months to repair and was unethical and inhumane.

Part IV, Section I, Article. 48 of the Geneva Convention Code states that “It is prohibited to attack, destroy, remove or render useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population, such as foodstuff, agricultural areas for the production of foodstuffs, crops, livestock, drinking water installations and supplies and irrigation works…” The 1977 addition to the protocol includes a section that requires military operations to distinguish between combatants and civilians, restricting combat operations to military targets.

The water plant is part of Libya’s civilian infrastructure.  In bombing the water works and the factory that manufactures its pipes, NATO violated the Geneva Convention and committed a war crime that may cause the deaths on numerous innocent civilians.


Title: NATO’s ultimate war crime: Destroying Libya’s water supply

Author: Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Source: Global Research

Date: 1 August 2011



Title: NATO war crime: Libya water supply

Author: Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Source: Pravda.Ru

Date: 23 July 2011



Student Researcher: Beatriz Alcazar, Sonoma State University

Evaluator: SSG Bryan Polkey, United States Army