Sunday, August 21, 2011

Update on the Conflict in Libya

According the the BBC, rebel forces in Libya are now pushing towards the "capital, Tripoli, where there was heavy overnight gunfire and several explosions on Sunday morning... The rebels who took Zawiya on Saturday say they have now taken Jaddayim, the first town en route to Tripoli, 40km (25 miles) east." However contrary to other mainstream media reports, the violence in Tripoli "appeared to peak late on Saturday night and there is still much support for Colonel Gaddafi in the city." Thus it is unlikely that the conflict will end any time soon as those in the Libyan capital will not surrender easily and instead will fight until the end for their beliefs. In the meantime, the government under siege has requested for the United Nations to investigate NATO atrocities in Libya.

Libya asks U.N. to Probe NATO "Abuses"

Saturday August 20, 2011

RABAT - Libya has asked United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to form a "high-level commission" to investigate alleged abuses by NATO, state news agency JANA reported Saturday.

NATO warplanes have been hitting the Libyan government's military infrastructure, backing up rebels who have launched a six-month uprising against the rule of Muammar Gaddafi.

Libyan Prime Minister Al Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi spoke to Ban by telephone Saturday and Ban promised to study the proposal, the agency said.

Mahmoudi asked for "a high-level delegation ... to visit Libya as soon as possible and look closely at (NATO) abuses and what is happening in Libya and discuss a solution between Libyans themselves without foreign interference," JANA reported.

Mahmoudi asked Ban and African Union Commission Chairman Jean Ping to join the commission, the agency added.

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