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War in Libya:Qadhafi forces fight back in Tripoli + Related News,VIDEO

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Laaska News Oct. 15,2011
15 Gaddafi supporters arrested after clash with NTC forces in Libyan capital


Troops loyal to ousted Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi have engaged in armed resistance in the capital, Tripoli.

A group of Qadhafi loyalists appeared in central Tripoli on Friday and exchanged gunfire with troops of the National Transitional Council.

It was the first time that troops loyal to Qadhafi have fought back in Tripoli since August.

Fighting also continues in the central city of Sirte, Qadhafi’s hometown.

The council said Friday’s attack was an attempt to diffuse opposition forces concentrating on Sirte.

The council had said it wants to launch an interim government after bringing Sirte under control.



In Libya, NTC units seize 15 Gaddafi supporters

Libya. Photo: EPA   

The units of the National Transitional Council, NTC, have taken prisoner 15 supporters of the former Libyan Jamahiriya leader Muammar Gaddafi. These supporters made an attempt of an armed revolt on Friday.

They forced their way into the Abu-Salim area, hoisted the green colours of Gaddafi and chanted slogans in support of the former Libyan leader. But NTC units surrounded and engaged them. Clashes between Gaddafi supporters and owners are also under way in the Al-Hadba district in the southwest of Tripoli.



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15 Gaddafi supporters arrested after clash with NTC forces in Libyan capital

TRIPOLI, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) — A total of 15 supporters of Libya’s fallen leader Muammar Gaddafi were arrested on Friday after they had exchanged gunfire with fighters of the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) in Abu Salim in southern Tripoli, a military spokesman said.

The clash was the first in over 50 days after the NTC took the control of the Libyan capital in late August.

Continuous gunshots were heard in Tripoli on Friday afternoon, after scores of armed pro-Gaddafi loyalists tried to raise a Gaddafi-era green national flag in the Abu Salim neighborhood, witnesses said.

Some supporters of the previous regime then fired into the sky with machine guns and roamed in the streets, chanting pro- Gaddafi slogans.

According to Anis al-Sharif, a spokesman of Tripoli’s military council, a total of 15 Gaddafi supporters were arrested after the incident which he said should not be exaggerated by the media.

Al-Sharif said that troops are sent to the Abu Salim neighborhood to search for the Gaddafi loyalists who fled the scene after the clashes.

He stressed that strict safety measures have been imposed in all entrances and exits of Abu Salim and adjacent areas.

As of Friday evening, checkpoints have been currently set up across Tripoli, and streets in the city downtown are heavily deployed with NTC fighters.

There is no immediate detail on the casualties of the incident. Some areas in Tripoli have been currently cut off of water supply, but it needs to be confirmed whether this is related to the incident.

Abu Salim, where the Abu Salim prison is situated, has been a symbolic area for Gaddafi supporters. In September, over 1,270 bodies of prisoners were discovered by the NTC in the area. They were considered to have been killed by Gaddafi’s forces in the notorious 1996 Abu Salim massacre.

A source close to the NTC said that they had received information that there were planned demonstrations after the Friday Prayer by the remnant Gaddafi supporters in Tripoli.

Meanwhile, a Xinhua witness said that clashes were also seen in the al-Hadba area in southwestern Tripoli.

As the NTC saw the first fierce clash with Gaddafi supporters in the capital in over 50 days, its fighters also met in Sirte with strong resistance from some loyalist fighters, reportedly a result of Gaddafi’s latest incitement of reprisal on a foreign radio.

Sirte, hometown of Libya’s decades-long ruler, is now one of a couple of Gaddafi forces redoubts in the country, the other being Bani Walid.


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