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Associated Press
2011-03-20 09:40 PM

 

 

Russia has called on the international military force striking Libyan targets to stop the “indiscriminate” use of force it says has killed civilians.

The statement issued by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said the air strikes exceed the mandate of the U.N. Security Council resolution, which approved a no-fly zone and authorized all necessary measures to protect civilians.

The spokesman said the U.S. and European air raids have hit non-military targets in the Libyan capital and three other cities. As a result, he said 48 civilians are reported dead and more than 150 wounded, while a medical center was partially destroyed.

Russia also announced Sunday that it was evacuating some of its diplomatic staff and other citizens from Tripoli.