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Fighting Libya Gadhafi

August 23, 2011 by staff 

Fighting Libya GadhafiFighting Libya Gadhafi, Fighters loyal to Muammar Gaddafi Libyans fought against the rebel forces in parts of Tripoli today that both sides claimed control of most of the capital.

The rebels said they were parts of the east of Tripoli, with Tajoura, two days after mounting an assault on the city. Gaddafi’s forces are concentrated in the district of Bab Hadba and around Azziya, where heavy fighting broke out, Al Arabiya television reported. The struggle also continues outside the capital. The leader’s whereabouts are unknown.

Gaddafi’s son and heir apparent, Saif al-Islam, which rebels said they arrested in the capital of August 21, appeared at a hotel in Tripoli and told the BBC that his father was safe. “Tripoli is under our control,” he said. The loyalists had broken the “backbone of the rebels,” which had fallen into a “trap” to move to the city, he said. The rebels said Saif not a threat and played down its reappearance.

The rebels, who were greeted by enthusiastic crowds in the central square of green when it swept in Tripoli from three directions over the weekend, have not achieved victory in the city clean predicted yesterday. Allies asked Gaddafi to end his 42-year reign to avoid further bloodshed in the conflict in the sixth month.

Outside Tripoli

Opposition fighters were sent yesterday to the areas south of Zliten, 150 kilometers (93 miles) southeast of Tripoli, and the missiles have been fired at the coastal town of Misrata, east of the capital, the birthplace Gaddafi in Sirte.

“This is not the sound of some great comeback Gaddafi regime,” said Deputy Prime Minister of Britain, Nick Clegg, told reporters in London. “He is not traveling freely through Tripoli, he and the rest of the pro-Gaddafi are cornered They are doing their last, and is only a matter of time before he finally defeated, so we are very confident.”

The poor security at the port of Tripoli delayed the docking of a rescue ship, leaving thousands of foreigners trapped in their embassies, the International Organization in Geneva for Migration, said in a statement.

Most residents stayed inside of Tripoli today, and most of the city has no water, Al Jazeera reported.

‘Coming to an end ”

Although fighting continued, rebel leaders and west looking forward to a transition of power. U.S. President Barack Obama said that “Gaddafi’s regime is coming to an end, and Libya’s future lies in the hands of its people.”

“As the regime collapses, there is still fierce struggle, and we have reports of elements of the scheme threatens to keep fighting,” Obama said yesterday at the house where they will stay in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

The International Contact Group meeting in Istanbul Libya in “coming days” to discuss measures to help Libya in its “historic moment,” said Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, in remarks televised in Benghazi today.

Gaddafi, in an audio stream August 21 promised, “Never give up.”

“I think Gadhafi is still in the country,” said Mahmoud Al-Nakou, Libya, charge d’affaires in the United Kingdom, in a televised news conference in London yesterday. “The fighters turn every stone to find him, arrest him and put him in court.” The UK has recognized the rebel National Council of Transition, as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people and allowed him to take over the country’s embassy in London.

The center of Tripoli is surrounded by growing suburbs with the city covering about 154 square miles (400 square kilometers). The rebel’s control 90 percent of it, spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, Victoria Nuland, said yesterday.

Gaddafi’s sons

Rebels for a time held three of the sons of Gaddafi, during the advance on Tripoli. Besides Saif al-Islam, a second son, Mohammed, later escaped from house arrest, Al Jazeera said.

Obama promised to help ease the transition to Libya to a new government. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton convened a conference call from New York yesterday with the foreign ministers of 11 countries to discuss international support, Nuland said.

Oil advanced for a second day amid signs that a recovery in the Libyan oil production may take longer than expected. The output of Libya, which has the largest proven oil reserves of an African country, fell to 100,000 barrels per day in July, compared to 1.6 million barrels pumped before the uprising began.

European companies

Crude for October delivery rose to 1.64 and 86.06 and a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange and was at 85.45 and 11:49 am, London time. Gained 2.4 percent yesterday.

The shares of European companies doing business in Libya, including Eni SpA and Total SA, acquired in the prospect of an end to the conflict.

The uprising, inspired by the popular revolts that ousted the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt, began in February and spread from the rebel stronghold east of Benghazi. NATO began an air campaign in March. Until this month, opposition fighters had struggled to take and make the government-controlled territory.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday that it would convene an “urgent” meeting on the future of Libya with the leaders of the African Union, Arab League, the European Union and a coalition of Islamic nations.

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