Saturday, April 30, 2011

NATO says Gaddafi's forces had mined the harbor Misrata

Brussels. Naval Units .- Libyan regime of Muammar al-Gaddafi today have undermined the besieged port city Libyan Misrata, although NATO ships have begun the process of demining, said a military official of the Alliance. "Some ships, which we assume were pro-Gaddafi laid mines indiscriminately," said Brigadier Rob Weighill, head of NATO operations in Libya, in a press conference.

The operation was performed this morning by several boats, which were intercepted by NATO naval units after they had placed some mines being cleared, he added. Weighill said he had no further details about the incident, as it is very recent. However, he said it is "another attempt by the Gaddafi regime totally ignore international law to prevent humanitarian aid reaches the people of Misrata." The allied military official said the air strikes the next few days will be concentrated around the cities of Misrata, Zinta (west) and Yebra (near the Tunisian border).

The results of this shift "will be in the coming days," said Weighill, but avoided giving specific details so as not to give clues to gadafistas forces. Yes he said that so far the NATO attacks "have been destroyed or damaged more than 600 targets, including 220 Tanks, 70 missile systems and 200 deposits of ammunition.

NATO planes have so far 4,242 outlets, of which 1,766 are related to attacks on ground targets. The 19 ships of the Atlantic Alliance that monitor compliance with the arms embargo on Libya have controlled a total of 706 vessels, of which 21 have been addressed and five deflected from their path, said NATO in a statement.

Weighill emphasized that, while troops loyal to Qadhafi continue to attack the city of Misrata (besieged for two months), they could not conquer but keep their bombing "indiscriminate." He also said that NATO's actions "had a clear impact", as Qadhafi pro forces "have more problems to address." "We are destroying tanks and rocket launchers used to attack the population" and also "have severely degraded its ability to command and control and logistics," noted the British brigadier, who recalled that the campaigns "require time and patience."

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