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French President Nicolas Sarkozy also pressed Wednesday for European Union sanctions against Libya’s regime because of its violent crackdown on protesters, and raised the possibility of cutting all economic and business ties between the EU and the North African nation.
“The continuing brutal and bloody repression against the Libyan civilian population is revolting,” Mr. Sarkozy said in a statement. “The international community cannot remain a spectator to these massive violations of human rights.”
Italian news reports have said witnesses and hospital sources in Libya are estimating there are 1,000 dead in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, alone.
“We have no complete information about the number of people who have died,” Mr. Frattini said in a speech to a Catholic organization in Rome ahead of a briefing in Parliament on Libya. “We believe that the estimates of about 1,000 are credible.”
Mr. Frattini said the Italian government is asking that the “horrible bloodshed” cease immediately.
Michael reported from Cairo. Associated Press writers Sarah El Deeb and Ben Hubbard in Cairo, Frances D’Emilio in Rome and Angela Doland in Paris contributed to this report.
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