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Pro-Gaddafi forces are on the offensive trying to retake key towns held by the rebels. Zawiyah, close to the capital of Tripoli, is under attack. While the opposition seems to be holding onto the centre of the town, reports say loyalist forces have surrounded the outskirts. Apparently seven people were killed in clashes just on Saturday however the overall number may be over 30 people killed and over 200 wounded.
On Friday, pro-Gaddafi troops tried to take the eastern oil port of Ras Lanuf, but rebels are saying they still have it. Also on Friday, Gaddafi forces bombed an arms depot in Benghazi and the resulting explosion killed 17 people. A funeral was held for the victims on Saturday.
Al Jazeera‘s correspondent in Benghazi is saying that resistance to the Gaddafi regime is strengthening.
“I think they’re coming to the realisation that the outcome is in their own hands. They did think that Gaddafi would leave peacefully; they then thought that the international community would take steps and force him out. I think the pendulum has swung now and they believe it is in their own hands. They are answering the call to arms, they are coming from all over eastern Libya, bringing their weapons, getting whatever training they can and moving on.”
Euronews – Mar 5/2011
Libyan rebels and Gaddafi claim gains
After a Friday where prayers took second place to hard-fought battles, both pro and anti-Gaddafi factions are claiming gains in Libya. The rebels say they have taken the coastal oil town of Ras Lanuf. But casualties are said to be high and an army arsenal was destroyed. It is unclear whether it was hit during aerial bombardments or blown up accidentally. Meanwhile Muammar Gaddafi has formally requested United Nations sanctions against him be halted, insisting he has used “minimal” force against protesters.
Maps of the Libyan conflict
All the major newspapers are offering maps showing what’s going on in Libya.
The BBC shows Libya with coloured dots explaining areas under the control of Gaddafi and the opposition with various secondary maps detailing military installations, oil production and population.
The Washington Post takes a slightly different approach making comparisons with neighbouring countries who have also felt the winds of change.
The New York Times gives details on the various areas or towns which are the scene of confrontations between the two sides. As well, the paper provides an interactive timeline of Gaddafi’s life and his rule in Libya
Finally, Britain’s Guardian has a map of the entire Middle East with an interactive map detailing all of the countries. Their colour coding marks Egypt and Tunisia as “leader ousted” with all other colours labelled “Unrest”. Clicking on a country gives an overview of who is in power and what political troubles may be brewing.
Benghazi free after 40 years of Gaddafi rule
The following video dated Feb 25/2011 shows an elated city free from Gaddafi. However, the latest news of Friday’s explosion in an arms depot in Benghazi which killed 17 people indicates that the fighting is not over.
ITN News – Feb 25/2011
First live pictures of Benghazi
Thousands of Libyans have gathered on the seafront in the eastern city of Benghazi after declaring themselves free from Colonel Gaddafi.
Music Stars played for Gaddafi
The Washington Post and other papers have reported that some of our most famous musicians have played and been paid. Yes, played for Gaddafi and been paid by him. This certainly has not sat well with a public watching the dictator kill his own people.
Beyoncé pocketed a cool million in 2009 but turned around and donated it to relief efforts in Haiti. Mariah Carey played in 2008, Usher in 2009, Nelly Furtado in 2007, Lionel Richie in 2006 but what exactly will these stars do? Whatever the case, for stars for hire, they may in the future have to pay attention to accepting payment from somebody who may not be favoured in the eyes of a public. At the moment, the public doesn’t take kindly to megalomaniac dictators. Of course, somebody could add, “Just where was this public during the past 41 years of Gaddafi’s dictatorial rule?”
While this web site is amusing, it underlines the very, very serious nature of what Gaddafi has represented to the Libyan people over the past 40 plus years. Despite the oil wealth of the country, the average Libyan is not in the best of circumstances and their leader has squandered much of that wealth on capricious and stupid forays into the international scene supporting terrorism.
There are 645,120 ways to spell Muammar Gaddafi
but there is only one way to spell brutal dictator.
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