Friday, March 4, 2011

Rebels advance to Tripoli to stop the counterattack Gaddafi

Brega (Libya) (editorial / Agencies) - The Army faced Libyan Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday rebel forces increasingly organized and confident, who are appealing for international support and seek to expand their military successes to the west, heading to Tripoli . In fact, the rebels who control cities of Benghazi, the second largest in the country, are already popular and democratic organizing committees to avoid chaos and control their daily lives.

The former Libyan Minister of Justice is organizing the creation of an alternative government of democratic transition in Benghazi, as reported by the Qatari television network Al Jazeera. At least 12 people have died, including a pastor of 7 years and 28 wounded by gunshot wounds in the fighting during the offensive on Wednesday in the oil enclave of Briga, about 200 km west of Benghazi, EFE reported Hospital sources in the city.

The volunteer medical Haizam Nuri Efe said the hospital all the dead and wounded were hit by gunfire from troops loyal to Muammar al-Gaddafi at the attack and another volunteer doctor said that was even bombed a convoy of four ambulances. Warplanes Muammar al-Gaddafi regime today bombed several targets in the city of Al Brega, said the agency dpa a commander of police in Benghazi, proclaimed capital of the "liberated eastern Libya." According to the insurgency, his forces had halted an offensive on Wednesday, troops loyal to Gaddafi in the cities of Al Brega and Aydabiya and captured several soldiers and mercenaries, as well as 45 military vehicles.

The confrontation between Gaddafi loyalists and rebels who have seized Libya intensified, while the secretary general of the Arab League, Amr Musa, said he was considering a Libyan peace plan offered by Venezuelan President , Hugo Chávez. "We have been informed about the plan, but Chavez is still being considered," Musa told Reuters in a telephone conversation, reports Reuters journalist Mohammed Abbas traveled to Libya Brega.

"Yesterday we consulted with several leaders," said Musa, but gave no timeline for a final decision on the plan. When asked if Gaddafi had agreed to the plan, Musa said: "I do not know how I know that?". When asked if he had committed to the plan of Chavez, Musa said, "No". Oil fell on the news of a plan for mediation.

Brent crude fell more than three dollars to an intraday low of $ 113.09 a barrel as investors looked at a possible deal in which Venezuela, an OPEC member, is the mediator. Chavez is a close friend of Gadhafi. The news network Al Jazeera had earlier reported that Gaddafi had agreed and Musa Chavez's plan, which would include a commission from Latin America, Europe and the Middle East trying to negotiate a settlement between the Libyan leader and rebel forces.

Libyan military front rebels repulsed an offensive air and ground forces as the defiant leader Gaddafi warned foreign powers to "another Vietnam" if they intervened in the popular revolt in his country that his government aimed at ending 41 years. The rebels, from their stronghold east of Benghazi, urged United Nations to conduct air strikes to stop incursions of African mercenaries say Gaddafi used against its own people.

Analysts cautioned against drawing firm conclusions about events that unfold rapidly and in a situation of erratic communications. "We must bear in mind that both the government and the rebels are trying to convey an image of strength," said Shashank Joshi, an analyst at United Services Institute in the UK.

The uprising, the bloodiest against veteran leaders of the Middle East and North Africa, is causing a humanitarian crisis, especially in the Tunisian border, where tens of thousands of foreigners are trying to flee. Spain joined the countries that offered aid to refugees and planned on Thursday to send a plane loaded with humanitarian aid to the border between Tunisia and Libya.

The aircraft will repatriate about 4,000 Egyptians in three daily flights between Djerba and Cairo. Government troops, backed by air power, launched an attack on Wednesday and briefly captured Brega, an oil export terminal located 800 kilometers east of Tripoli. But opposition forces again to recapture the city that has been under your control for about a week, officials said rebels, who say they are ready to move west toward the capital if Gaddafi refused to resign.

Enjoying the adulation of his followers in Tripoli, Qaddafi launched a tirade against "armed mob" which he said are behind the unrest, and would be part of a conspiracy to colonize Libya, and recapture its oil. "We're going into a bloody war and thousands and thousands of Libyans are going to die if the U.S.

or NATO come in," said Gadhafi in Tripoli followers in a live televised meeting. "We are ready to deliver weapons to a million, two million or three million, and will start another Vietnam," he added. A resident of Tripoli and opposition to Qaddafi, who declined to be identified, told Reuters later: "Gaddafi is going to hold out for a while.

It will not be easy for an unarmed crowd confronting armed forces who are eager to shoot their own people. "Brega The attack appeared to be the most significant military operation by Gaddafi since two weeks ago began an insurrection that broke out a confrontation that Washington believes could lead to a long civil war unless the veteran leader to resign.

Witnesses said the raid was backed by heavy weapons and air strikes. One source said that forces loyal to the president were two or three kilometers from the city center and 300 to 350 rebels were rounded up in an airport used by the oil industry on the outskirts of the city. A Twitter message Thursday that could not be corroborated, he spoke of reinforcements for Gaddafi's forces.

"It is said that the cars are full of mercenaries with the intention of joining the battalion on the outskirts of Ras Lanuf to address Brega to recapture it," said the message ShababLibya (Libyan Youth Movement). "It seems that 70 cars have come close to the city of Ras Lanuf to support a battalion to attack the city of Brega and retake the airport.


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