BELGRADE – The Pentagon can not confirm the death of Serb civilians during the US operation in Libya, spokesman for the US Department of Defense Peter Cook stated.
On Friday, US airstrikes killed at least 30 people in the Libyan city of Sabratha. Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said that he had received information that a lot of foreigners were the victims of this attack, among them two Serbian citizens, the embassy staff in Libya Sladjana Stankovic and Jovica Stepic, who were kidnapped on November 28 last year. The Serbian authorities expect the delivery of the bodies to Belgrade on Monday.
“We have seen reports that two Serb hostages were killed in Libya. At the moment we have no information indicating that their death was the result of the US strikes applied against a high-ranking leader of the ISIL and ISIL training camps in Libya.”
“Our forces have been watching this training camp for weeks before the operation, and at the moment of operation, there was no information about the presence of civilians.”
Pentagon spokesman expressed condolences to the Government of Serbia and victims’ families.
“We will share any information with the Serbian government,” — he added, assuring that the United States seeks to avoid civilian deaths during operations abroad.