Thursday, August 18, 2011

Gaddafi may be sick and negotiate a trip to South Africa

The Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is reportedly ill and wishes to travel to South Africa for treatment, according to the daily Arabic "Al Sharq Al Awsat." The newspaper says the chief of staff Gaddafi, Bashir Salih, said in recent talks in Mauritania, Mali, Tunisia and the Libyan leader is ill and wants to leave the country for medical treatment.

According to the newspaper, Gadhafi called host for him and his family to South African President Jacob Zuma. Presumably there would also be in contact with senior British and French to ensure the safety of your trip. However, a spokesman for South African Foreign Ministry would not confirm, nor was there confirmation in Tripoli.

In the capital, however, fewer and fewer who still believe in the political survival of the regime of Gaddafi, after reports of the last days of new rebel advance to Tripoli, but cost them heavy losses in their ranks. The rebel troops are advancing towards the Libyan capital, reported the television channel Al Jazeera.

The rebel commander said the Libyan Arab channel that the "revolutionary forces" troops expelled the Gaddafi the city of Al Heesha, 140 miles west of Sirte. Al Zawiya, 50 km west of Tripoli, Gaddafi's troops continue to offer stiff resistance and fighting broke out around the refinery town.

The rebels try to force Gadhafi snipers to lay down arms. Earlier this week the rebels announced progress in this coastal city. Al Jazeera said today, the rebels captured in the city's security chief and other officers loyal to Gaddafi. Meanwhile, the UN special envoy to Libya, Abdul Ilah al-Khatib, denied having had joint negotiations with representatives of the Libyan government and insurgents in Tunisia.

Al Khatib said he held separate meetings with both parties and some Libyans.

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