Rebels in Ras Lanuf (Thursday): Gadhafi troops with massive offensive
The Gadhafi troops appear with their offensive against the rebels in Libya to get the upper hand: From Sawija and the oil city of Ras Lanuf reported heavy fighting, the rebels come under increasing pressure.
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Brega – Libyan government forces are engaged on Friday after data rebels in the embattled port city of Ras Lanuf. In the city center were troops of rulers Muammar al-Gaddafi see, said a spokesman for the rebels. There were several boats with dozens of soldiers arrived. In the inner city about 150 regime loyalists are engaged with three tanks. The streets will be fought.
On Thursday, the Libyan air force bombed rebel positions in the Ras Lanuf. Opponents had also reported attacks on the port city located 90 kilometers east Brega.
The city is Sawija by days of heavy fighting obviously devastated and is now probably in the hands of Gadhafi troops. The British channel ITV News reports of numerous deaths and injuries there. The streets were almost deserted, "said a reporter from the station that had claims to be the first journalist to the end of fighting in the city.
Call for help from rebels
The chairman of the National Council, founded by the rebels, Mustafa Abdel Jelil, told the British broadcaster BBC, the Libyan Air Force would benefit from Gaddafi’s "destroyed". "We have demanded from the first day of a no-fly zone. We urgently need weapons, and we need humanitarian aid and doctors in the besieged cities of Gaddafi’s supporters," said Jelil.
Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam announced that the offensive would continue. "We come," he told supporters in Tripoli with a view to advancing troops towards Benghazi. The second largest city in the country had been taken at the beginning of the uprising by the rebels.
This Friday, the leaders of the 27 EU countries discussed at a special summit in Brussels on the crisis in Libya. The EU wants to increase the pressure on Gaddafi and is expected to call for its withdrawal. In contrast, a military deployment or a no-fly zone have not yet been provided.
The African Union (AU) rejected any military intervention from abroad. Responsible for security matters AU Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra said in Addis Ababa, the African Union is the "unity and territorial integrity of Libya" committed.
Debate about "better logistics" of the Gadhafi troops
The Gulf Cooperation Council on Monday had a no-fly zone would be enforced militarily, approved by the UN. The Arab League foreign ministers will discuss on Saturday in Cairo about it. Clinton said U.S. Secretary of State in Washington, a plan for a possible no-fly zone would NATO on 15 Submitted in March.
The White House played down the assessment by U.S. intelligence chief James Clapper, after Gaddafi has a good chance in the fight against the rebels retain the upper hand. The security advisor to President Barack Obama, Tom Donilon, spoke of a "one-dimensional analysis", which would leave a number of factors into account. Clapper had based his opinion on Thursday before so that the Gaddafi regime has a much better equipment and logistics as its opponent and can therefore survive a long-lasting conflict better. Gaddafi will probably stay long term.
Donilon said Clappers assessment is based exclusively on Gaddafi’s military capabilities and resources. In this sense, one could arrive at his opinion. Clapper had not taken the pressure into the equation, the performers on the international community Gaddafi, nor any support for the rebels. He did not take into account different "dynamics" as the wave of independence movements in the Middle East.
Dutch soldiers released
Movement there is in the case of those arrested in Libya Dutch soldiers. According to nearly two weeks in captivity, the three again. How a Defense Ministry spokesman announced on Friday in The Hague, the Libyan capital Tripoli, the soldiers were with a Greek military plane to Athens exit, where they were expected in the morning. The two men and a woman were on 27 was in February during a rescue operation for two foreign civilians in the town of Sirte nordlibyschen arrested. It will go well, "said the spokesman.
The soldiers had landed without permission of the Libyan authorities with a Marine helicopter in Sirte, to bring a Dutch engineering and another in European security. The helicopter, however, was attacked at the start. Troops of the Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi captured the soldiers, two civilians were handed over to the Dutch embassy in Tripoli.