War in Libya – Libya and World – News (March to July 2011)
War in Libya crosses Tunisian border
Tunisian soldier keeps watch to avoided any incursion of Libyan soldiers loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi on the Tunisia side of the Dehiba border. Photo: EPA
Muammar Gaddafi’s troops are fighting against rebels near the town of Wazin, on the Tunisian border. According to witnesses, Tunisian border guards were compelled to evacuate people from that country’s city of Dehibat after Libyan artillery shells started falling in its outskirts.
Following this first frontier violation on the part of Libya, the government of Tunisia voiced protest against the Libyan invasion of their territory.
Amid the ongoing battles for the city of Zintan southwest of Tripoli, NATO continues air strikes on Gaddafi forces. One of them destroyed a column of 45 military vehicles close to Libya’s small northwestern town of Jalu.
NATO bombing kills Gaddafi’s son and grandchildren
Muammar Gaddafi’s youngest son, a-29 year old Saif al-Arab, and three grandchildren were killed in an airstrike on Gaddafi’s residence in Tripoli on the night from April 30 to May 1.
Though the Libyan leader and his wife were not hurt, the Libyan governmental officials are confident that NATO’s air strike was a “direct operation to assassinate” Gaddafi. This was the second assassination attempt over the last 24 hours. On Saturday, the Libyan leader made a statement on the national TV that his army was ready to stop military actions and the all parties involved in the conflict will agree with reconciliation:
“The cease-fire decision should not be an unilateral one. We were the first, who welcomed and agree on it. But NATO attacks are continuing.”
NATO ignored the statement – moreover the coalition forces began to bomb the area where the TV studio was located. Meanwhile NATO’s officials still insist that the coalition planes were bombing exclusively military objects and did not target individuals. They say they deeply regret casualties among the peaceful population.
The new tragedy in Libya will make the standoff even stronger, Stanislav Tarasov, a political analyst and an expert in Oriental Studies says:
“What is now going on in Libya is an unprecedented thing. Whoever Gaddafi is, nobody sentenced him to death. The resolution of the UN Security Council envisages only the creation of no-fly zone over Libya. It is an open hunt for Gaddafi what is going on now and future steps will be even more outrageous.”
The main concern now is a possible land operation of NATO troops in Libya. Russia has the information that the member states of the coalition are preparing such an operation, the Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. Under the international law this may happen only following a special sanction of the UN Security Council. “If they want to ask for such a mandate– they are welcome. Apply to the UN Security Council for it. We will discuss it, trying to understand what has been planned and how it is planed. Because the violations of the mandate we can see now are already enough to learn some lessons” the minister said. He stressed that the global community should not be guided by the aspiration “I can finish off a dictator” and the use of military force against peaceful citizens is totally unacceptable and should be excluded from the practice of civilized states.