In recent days, Nato has intensified its attacks on targets in the Libya
capital, Tripoli. Some believe Nato is overstepping the terms of its
mandate - which is to protect civilians in Libya - and is intervening
directly in the conflict on the side of the opposition forces. The BBC's
Matthew Price questions a Nato spokesman about those claims.
Are there still sites of strategic value in Tripoli?
All Nato strikes are carried out against legitimate military targets, in
full compliance with the relevant United Nations Security Council
resolutions 1973 and 1970 and with great care to avoid unnecessary
casualties to innocent civilians.
We are unable to discuss the strategic advantages for striking targets
and their locations.
Does Nato carry out air strikes in order not just to directly protect
civilians, but also to demoralise Gaddafi forces and thus to protect
All the targets that we select are clearly identified as having a direct
link with attacks on civilians. Nato's mission is to protect civilians
and implement UN Security Council Resolution 1973 and we choose our
targets with that goal in mind.
So all Nato strikes are carried out against legitimate military targets,
in full compliance with the relevant UNSC resolutions and with great care
to avoid unnecessary casualties to innocent civilians.
The Nato mandate is to protect civilians. Have there been instances where
rebel forces have put civilian lives at risk, and where Nato had to
Our mission is to protect civilians in Libya, as the United Nations
Security Council mandates.
So far, the opposition forces have shown every indication that they are
committed to the protection of civilians and respect for human rights.
We expect this commitment to continue.
Since the start of the operation, Nato has not targeted the military
forces of the opposition.
In such a scenario, would Nato intervene?
We do not comment on hypothetical scenarios, nor on operational and
Does Nato believe its strikes against pro-Gaddafi forces have helped the
Nato's mission is to prevent attacks and threats against civilians.
Some strikes against pro-Gaddafi forces which were threatening civilians
have also made it easier for opposition forces to advance on the ground.
But Nato is not the opposition's air force.
We are tracking the fighting between pro- and anti-Gaddafi forces but we
are not involved in the ground battle.
Our targets are those forces and installations which present a threat to
the civilian population. We are on the side of the Libyan people.
Does Nato have advisers working on the ground with the rebels helping
them with their tactics and strategy?
Nato has no troops on the ground in Libya.
Are there non-Nato advisers on the ground working with the rebels who are
able if needed to feed information to Nato?
Nato has no direct contact with the military forces of the opposition.
Several Allies have representatives in Libya and, together with other
sources, provide us with a real picture to enable us to protect the
civilians in an effective and safe manner.