Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Libyan rebels: What conquest Qaddafi for the day as we return at night

On the outskirts of the city of Ajdabiya (160 km from Benghazi), in eastern Libya on Tuesday there were fierce clashes between rebels and troops of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi. The government said it had conquered new territories, but the rebels also claimed to have driven the attackers to Ajdabiya and have arrested numerous soldiers.

The bombing of Qaddafi's planes, supported by artillery shells launched from warships positioned off the coast of Ajdabiya, allowed ground forces approaching the city and subjected to intense artillery fire, according to the chain Qatari Al-Jazeera. The troops of the regime in Tripoli gained access to some suburbs of the city and control and its eastern and western, while the rebels have retreated into the city center, according to a correspondent of the Qatari.

Amid conflicting reports about the fate of the city, Terbel Fathi, a member of the National Transitional Council (CNT), national leader of the rebels, said the city still remains under their control. Terbel has acknowledged that the attack on Gaddafi's forces "by land, sea and air" on Ajdabiya were caught "by surprise" so I made a "tactical retreat" but then attacked the rear flank of regime loyalists and caused several deaths in their ranks.

The leader also rejected Gaddafi's forces have taken control of the enclave oil Briga, near Ajdabiya, and asserted that the rebels captured the town on Monday that dozens of its staff. For its part, the second channel Eriyadhia Libyan state television said this afternoon that the city is already under the control of Gaddafi's forces and that they are "cleansing of mercenaries and terrorists of Al Qaeda." State television also said that "free officers unionists attacked the headquarters of the governing body of the rebellion in Benghazi and opened fire with machine guns on it causing many deaths.

Terbel categorically refuted the information of the attack on Benghazi as well as others that spoke of the arrival in Libya's second city and hundreds of rebels fleeing the fighting in Ajdabiya. The rebel leader said the situation in Benghazi was on Tuesday of "complete calm" and said that two aircraft bombed insurgents three warships Gaddafi, sinking two of them and reaching out to another.

This is converted merchant ships for warships Gadhafi, who launched shells on Ajdabiya from near its shores, he explained. "Gaddafi's forces have the means air, land and sea, but all week we conquer the evening we return," said the rebel leader from Benghazi and asserted that the same aircraft that attacked the ships off Ajdabiya subsequently bombed the airport in Sirte, Gaddafi's hometown.

State television said, but forces loyal to the regime were recovered Briga control, oil enclave near Ajdabiya, a version that other sources also pointed out rebels. Two battalions of troops loyal to Qaddafi rallied on Tuesday on Briga, while air force jets bombed rebel positions and stations on the road between Ajdabiya, according to the correspondent of Al Jazeera, which said the rebels responded with anti-aircraft batteries .

At least one rebel was killed and five wounded in the bombing, said the source, who said that five civilian vehicles were hit in the first hour bombings Ajdabiya and all its occupants died. The journalist said that ambulances tried to reach the place attacked by Qaddafi aviation but failed due to the violence and intensity of the bombing.

He noted that on the eve of the attack several aircraft dropped leaflets urging residents to support them and not Ajdabiya join "the ranks of terrorists." "We come to free you from them and seek to rats from house to house," said the leaflets dropped from the air. Ajdabiya control is key to the evolution of the conflict, because this city by road directly connects Tobruk near the Egyptian border, enabling forces to encircle the rebels Gaddafi and leave them stranded in the area around Benghazi without the possibility of supply.

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