A coalition airstrike on a pro-Gaddafi supply convoy has reportedly killed seven civilians, some of them children.

Speaking to the BBC, Dr Suleiman Refardi, said that the attack on the convoy in the village of Zawia el Argobe hit an ammunition truck. The resulting explosion destroyed two homes, killing seven civilians and injuring 25 others.

Those killed were aged between 12 and 20, Dr Refardi claimed.

NATO, which took command of military operations this week, said it was examining the claims of Dr Refardi.

The airstrikes by coalition forces were authorised by UN Resolution 1973, which permits attacks to be made to protect civilians, not to aid the rebel's military objectives.