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

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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Laaska News July   17,2011  

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Libya rebels vow to take Brega “within days”    

Weapon-making scenes amid fierce fighting in Misrata, Libya

Four civilians killed in rockets fired by Gaddafi forces in Misrata 

Libyan opposition rejects involvement of foreign ground forces  

BENGHAZI, Libya, July 16 (Xinhua) — The Libyan opposition on Saturday ruled out involvement of any foreign ground forces.

The National Transitional Council would not accept any interference of ground troops from other countries, the opposition’s military spokesman Mohammad Bani told reporters.

He also said the opposition forces had assembled 60 km from the oil refinery town of Brega and were poised to assault the city in coordination with NATO air strikes with the aim to “head toward the periphery of Tripoli”, the capital.

The spokesman also said the opposition forces would continue fighting during Ramadan.

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Libya rebels vow to take Brega “within days”  

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BENGHAZI, Libya, July 17 (Xinhua) — Libya’s opposition National Transitional Council (NTC) said Saturday that they were preparing to enter the oil refinery town of Brega “within days,” even as they suffered heavy casualties in the offensive.

The rebel forces have reached the outskirts of Brega by Thursday, and have been trying to breach its defenses from north, east and south, NTC spokesman Abdel Hafiz Ghoga told journalists in the eastern city of Benghazi.

“The battles have caused some casualties, as (Libyan leader Muammar) Gaddafi’s forces laid landmines in and around Brega,” he said. “But our special forces managed to push forward a few kilometers and disarm some landmines.”

The NTC was recognized as “the legitimate governing authority in Libya” by the Libya contact group in Istanbul on Friday, which has cleared the way for the release of the frozen funds abroad.

Besides an emergency budget of 3.5 billion U.S. dollars, the NTC said Turkey had promised to provide 100 million dollars worth of medicine and food, and another 100 million dollars in cash, within the next few days.

“The NTC will pay wages to Libyan families in order to help ease the life during the coming Ramadan,” the spokesperson added.

The NTC reiterated its stance that Gaddafi and his family must leave before any political solution can be reached.

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Weapon-making scenes amid fierce fighting in Misrata, Libya  

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Workers are seen in a local plant making weapons for a battle between rebel fighters and Gaddafi forces in Misrata, Libya, July 16, 2011.(Xinhua/Amru Salahuddien)

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Four civilians killed in rockets fired by Gaddafi forces in Misrata 

A man checks the damages in his house after an air raid launched by Gaddafi forces in Misrata, Libya, July 16, 2011. Four Grad rockets fired by Gaddafi forces hit Misrata’s civilian residences on Friday, killing at least 4 and leaving 14 others wounded. (Xinhua/Amru Salahuddien)

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