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Smoke and flames pour from the Libyan Navy frigate Al Ghardabia, after it was hit during an airstrike by Tornado bombers of Britain's Royal Force on the port area of Tripoli, in the early hours of Friday May 20, 2011. (AP)
Smoke and flames pour from the Libyan Navy frigate Al Ghardabia, after it was hit during an airstrike by Tornado bombers of Britain's Royal Force on the port area of Tripoli, in the early hours of Friday May 20, 2011. (AP)

A NATO alliance spokesman says NATO jets destroyed eight of Moammar Gadhafi's warships. NATO targeted the ships after learning that Gadhafi's forces were increasingly relying the vessels to launch attacks against civilians.

The Libyan government says five coast guard boats and a warship were damaged and reporters could see flames and smoke rising from the stricken warship into the night sky. NATO says Libya's use of ships included attempts to mine the harbor in Misrata, a western city rebels have been struggling to hold against repeated attacks by forces loyal to Gadhafi.

We speak with the BBC's David Loyn in Benghazi, in eastern Libya.

This segment aired on May 20, 2011.

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