Friday, May 27, 2011

NATO accuses Gadhafi regime of anti-personnel mines placed near Misrata

NATO has now found a field of landmines planted by the regime of Muammar Gaddafi about Misrata, said Canadian Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard, head of the military mission in Libya in a war that lasted four months. "The report this morning shows that has been laid a minefield in the area of Misrata, landmines against international law, placed in a strategic area, preventing movement of the population," Bouchard said in a press conference .

The commander of the operation 'Unified Protector' in Libya has said that allied air forces have located the air, "a field of landmines" near the only town under rebel control in the West. NATO has previously denounced the placement of at least three mines in the waters of the port of Misrata identified, two of which were removed successfully by the Alliance limpiaminas equipment.

In this case, Allied sources have admitted the difficulty in proceeding to withdraw because the mission "does not have troops on the ground" and hoped that rebel forces fighting the scheme can proceed to its neutralization. "They have the capacity for it," the sources confirmed. The allied forces "remain in control of the situation" in Misrata since forces ousted the regime of downtown, but has confirmed that Gaddafi's forces continue "pushing from the south and west." The commander has also confirmed that the Alliance has launched attacks on Friday "very significant" military objectives of the scheme in the Tripoli area and confirmed that the road between the border of Tunisia and the Libyan capital remains "open" to ensure the movement humanitarian supplies.

Allied spokeswoman, Oana Lungescu, has confirmed that the situation in the east of the country "is much more stable and secure." Bouchard has stated that the situation remains stable in places like Brega and Ajdabiya, but acknowledged that "across the road from Sirte Brega and" the regime's forces are "stepping up logistical efforts" in the area, creating "an active concern "for the allied forces.

"We have significantly reduced their ability to cause mass casualties," he assured the captain, who has vowed to continue the mission until they meet the objectives agreed by partners and contributing countries, but has not provided an update on the extent of degradation inflicted on the forces military regime.

"Overall, we see a significant improvement. Libya is much safer today than it was 31 March (when NATO took command of the intervention) for the population," he added. "But there is much to be done to achieve an end to violence," he concluded.

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