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More NATO airstrikes hit Tripoli

TRIPOLI, Libya, June 2 (UPI) -- NATO airstrikes hit Tripoli early Thursday, a few hours after member countries agreed to extend the Libyan operation for 90 days.

The attacks occurred shortly after midnight, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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NATO officials said the targets were military ones, including a missile launcher in the capital and radar facilities and ammunition depots outside Tripoli. The Libyan government did not provide any information to the news media, the Journal said.

The extension of the mission was announced Wednesday in Brussels.

"This decision sends a clear message to the Gadhafi regime: We are determined to continue our operation to protect the people of Libya," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

While Col. Moammar Gadhafi has resisted calls for him to give up power, former Prime Minister Shokri Ghanem, who announced his defection Wednesday in Rome, said the regime is under a lot of pressure. Ghanem said the U.N. embargo has created significant shortages in the country.

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