Sunday, 14 August 2011

Battle for Libya: Rebels advance on several fronts

Zawiya City Center Freed by the Rebels

Libya rebels control Zawiyah centre -Reuters reporter
Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:15am GMT

ZAWIYAH, Libya Aug 14 (Reuters) - Rebel fighters are in control of the centre of the town of Zawiyah, about 50 km (30 miles) west of the Libyan capital, a Reuters reporter in Zawiyah said on Sunday.

The reporter said he could see about 50 rebels near Zawiyah's main produce market shouting "Allahu Akbar!," or "God is greatest!" The red, black and green rebel flag was flying from a shop.

Rebel fighters told Reuters there were still forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in the town, including snipers. The sound of occasional gunfire could be heard, but no heavy fighting.

The position is the closest the rebel frontline has been to Tripoli since the uprising against Gaddafi began. Holding Zawiyah would give the rebels control of the coastal highway, the main link between the capital and the outside world. (Reporting by Michael Georgy; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Peter Graff)

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Third Area of Brega Captured by FFs 11-8-2011

Rebel Killed in Tuarga Clashes, But Rebels Say Close to Taking Brega

Rebel Killed in Tuarga Clashes, But Rebels Say Close to Taking Brega

Source: Mahmoud Jebrel Denies Claims that Shoukri Ghanem was appointed as new Oil Minister of NTC

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Agency urgently Libya / Benghazi - special - correspondent
Private / denied Mahmoud Jibril, head of the office of the Executive Council of transition to the reporter and the agency urgently Libya, reports the news about the appointment of Shukri Ghanem, a former oil minister in any position of the National Assembly, transition, and Gabriel said he could not set the figures worked post-revolution with the Qaddafi regime then announced his defection at least in the current period, as Gabriel said to the reporter and the immediate agency of Libya issued a decision yesterday that he return all the members of the Executive Office to work again, except on the official al-Issawi of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Salem senile official Awqaf and Religious Affairs.

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Tunisia: 11 Defectors from the Gaddafi regime arrive

Translated off Google Translate. Arabic article is here:
Lightning | Libya - Tunisia | Tunisian newspaper said that 11 officers of the Libyan army defected from forces loyal to Gaddafi, managed to flee to Tunisia, across the sea in the past were repeated during the last few weeks is remarkable. The newspaper "Sabah" Tunisia on Thursday that these officers, including a brigadier, and arrived on board a small boat to the fishing port "Alkatif" Bnqirdan civilians from the province, about 550 km south of Tunis.
The newspaper did not provide additional details about the split of these officers, only pointing out that members of the Tunisian National Guard (Gendarmerie) were met with these officers, and recorded their words and then handed them over to one of the international humanitarian organizations operating in southern Tunisia.
He admitted Brigadier Army Tunisian Mokhtar Ben Nasrallah on Thursday during a meeting with a number of journalists at the government in Tunis, said his country received many officers and noncommissioned officers and soldiers, the Libyans since the outbreak of the crisis Libya on 17 February. He did not specify Brigadier Ben Nasr number of these officers and soldiers, the Libyans, He pointed out that there are groups of them stripped of their weapons entered and still enter in person to the Tunisian territory from the sea or through some desert tract.