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War in Libya – Libya and World – News (March to July 2011)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

 

 

NATO airstrike hits Gaddafi’s compound 

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BEIJING,May 18 (Xinhuanet) — NATO airstrikes have hit a number of buildings in Libya’s capital Tripoli. One of the targets included a compound belonging to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Meanwhile, the alliance warns that pro-Gaddafi forces are changing tactics and launching a naval assault.

A NATO airstrike hit Gaddafi’s Tripoli compound in the early hours of Tuesday.

A number of buildings in the capital were targeted overnight. Foreign media were taken to see damage to the Ministry for Popular Inspection and Oversight, and the office of Tripoli’s chief of police.

NATO warplanes have bombed targets within Gaddafi’s compound several times, but deny they are targeting the Libyan leader himself.

The alliance said on Tuesday it is keeping up a “high operational tempo” as pro-Gaddafi forces showed signs of taking the war to sea.

Showing photographs taken at sea, NATO wing commander Mike Bracken described an incident in which an inflatable boat carrying a ton of explosives was intercepted.

He added that Libyan government forces tried to lay mines in Misrata harbour late last month.

He said, “This series of incident is a series of changing tactics by the pro-Gaddafi forces and clearly demonstrate their intent to use their naval assets and naval knowledge to bring even more harm to innocent civilians. It also demonstrates that pro-Gaddafi forces have the will and desire to strike NATO vessels.”

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the alliance vowed it will continue its military actions until all goals set are achieved.

Oana Lungescu said, “NATO will continue degrading Gaddafi’s war machine until all the military goals set by NATO allies and contributing partners have been met and those goals are as you know: an end against all attacks against civilians, the return of all pro-Gaddafi’s forces to barracks and bases and ensuring full and unhindered humanitarian access to all those who need it. We are all determined to keep up the pressure as long as Gaddafi continues attacking his own people.”

Thousands have been killed in the Libyan war. Libyan officials have denied killing civilians, saying they were forced to take action against rebels and al-Qaeda militants.

They insist NATO’s bombing campaign is an act of colonial aggression aimed at seizing Libya’s oil.

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Mortar shells hit Tunisia’s border crossing as Libyan fight continues 

TUNIS, May 17 (Xinhua) — Mortar shelling continued to fall into Tunisia Tuesday evening due to fight between Libyan government troops and insurgents, near the Wazen-Dhehiba crossing, the official press agency TAP reported on Tuesday.

“Road traffic in the area was suspended, but the border post on the Tunisian side remained open,” TAP said, adding that a number of injured Libyans have been transferred by ambulances into Tunisia.

The Libyan government forces have been attempting to regain control of the border post which has been captured by Libyan rebels for weeks. According to TAP, pro-Gaddafi forces are getting closer to the Tunisian border.

Tunisian army planes flew over the border area to keep the fighting from moving closer to the Tunisian border. Meanwhile, Libya’s Oil Minister Chokri Ghanem defected to Tunisia on Tuesday, TAP reported. Ghanem crossed the Ras El Jedir border point heading for Djerba.

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Laaska News May 17,2011 

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Renewed NATO airstrikes rock Tripoli

Russia’s FM to hold talks with Libyan officials

Libyan rebels set sights on Sirte

Libyan rebels have launched an offensive on Sirte from Misrata, and have occupied the built-up area Tavarga, with the troops that are loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi putting up no resistance.

According to the military spokesman for the February 17th Revolution opposition organization, Ahmed Bani, the liberation of Sirte, which is the key city halfway between Tripoli and Benghazi, is the priority objective following the establishment of full control over Misrata.

The Al-Jazeera TV Channel reports that rebel units are slowly advancing towards Tripoli and are closing in on the town of Zliten, 150 kilometres south of the capital city.

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