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Nato Strikes Continue After Libya Summit, As Cameron Defends UK Role

Attacks on pro-Gaddafi towns by Nato have continued in Libya as world leaders gathered in Paris to show support for the interim National Transitional Council.

In the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron said that the west should not take too much credit for the removal of Gaddafi, saying that it was the Libyan people who had removed the dictator from power.

Meanwhile there were growing concerns for the plight of hundreds of black Libyans in Tripoli and elsewhere, many of whom have been targeted by rebel fighters as suspected mercenaries for the Gaddafi regime.

Nato forces attacked 38 military targets in Libya, including 16 in Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte, it said in a press release.

In Bani Walid, the town where some rebels believe Colonel Gaddafi is currently hiding, two targets were attacked including an ammunition storage facility and a military vehicle.

Nato also sent a ship and four aircraft carrying humanitarian assistance to the country.

Speaking after the summit in Paris on Thursday, David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy emphasised the on-going commitment of Nato to the conflict in Libya.

The prime minister expressed his pride in what British and allied forces had accomplished as part of Nato's mission to stop Gaddafi’s attacks. Cameron also outlined three key commitments to the National Transitional Council, including the implementation of the UN resolutions by Nato and its allies, a commitment to international law, and a pledge to support the NTC in their aims to implement a democratic transition.

“Freedom in Tripoli has brought to light unspeakable crimes,” he said. “These crimes must be investigated and the guilty brought to justice."

Speaking on Friday in an interview with the BBC, Cameron also defended the UK's role in the Libya campaign.

Cameron was speaking after returning from an international summit on Libya in France, where he pledged Nato would continue operations in the country for as long as it was required.

"I certainly think there are lots of lessons to learn and we'll take our time in learning them," the prime minister told the BBC.

Cameron said that the UK had more than "punched its weight" in the campaign, and said that British jets had flown around 20 per cent of all strike sorties against Gaddafi forces.

"It was Britain and France, with America, together, that actually called time, five months ago, on Gaddafi and said that we're not going to allow this slaughter in Benghazi".

However Cameron added that it was the Libyan people who should take most of the credit for Gaddafi's removal from power.

"I think there's a big danger today, actually, of people in the west taking too much credit for themselves. This is a Libyan triumph. This is the Libyan people who have rid themselves of a dictator."

In Tripoli aid and rights organisations said that concerns were growing over the plight of black Libyans who have become targets for anti-Gaddafi forces.

Hundreds of black and sub-Saharan Africans have reportedly gathered in camps outside of Tripoli in fear of reprisals from anti-Gaddafi forces.

Elsewhere, Amnesty International revealed how Gaddafi forces left 19 detainees to die of suffocation inside metal containers in June.

Three survivors told Amnesty how Gaddafi loyalists tortured and imprisoned them with 26 other people in two cargo containers.