by Larry Geller
Here are a couple of snips (not all of them, check the original article linked below):
5.59 Events are moving fast so let's clear up any confusion. This is what we know now. Two pilots crash landed in a field near Benghazithis morning. One was handed over to rebels and then given to US officials before being taken to the USS Kearsarge in the Mediterranean. During the rescue of the second pilot a US heliocpter shot and injured villagers. This pilot is believed to be "safe in American hands" at an unknown location
16.56 Channel 4 News tweets:
Father of one of the six villagers shot by US helicopter says his young son expects to have his leg amputated. http://bit.ly/fkNW3f #c4news
17.49 The Guardian is reporting that the US military has issued a "100 per cent" denial that Libyan citizens were shot during a rescue mission for the stricken US pilots.
Reporter Tom Kington quotes Richard Ulsh, a spokesman for the US Marines, as saying: "It didn't happen, I can deny this 100 per cent."
19.09 Channel Four has obtained an interview with one of the six people who were reportedly shot by American forces as they tried to rescue the second stricken US airman today. The man, whose son was also injured, losing a leg, said he still loved the Americans, adding:
We would have picked him up and put him wherever he wanted, in a safe place. Even the first pilot, we had a celebration for him.
A man who saw the incident said:
We are disturbed by the shooting, because if they had given us a chance we would have handed over both pilots. This shooting created great panic.
20.58 After reports from The Guardian that US forces members had denied firing any shots during the rescue of two airmen, Sky News has reported that US military sources confirmed shots were fired during the operation.
The above is snipped from Libya: live (The Telegraph, 3/22/2011)