Cairo/Tripoli, March 10 (IANS) Intense fighting between pro- and anti-government forces for control of many cities and towns flared across Libya Thursday, while a hospital in Ras Lanuf city had to be evacuated amid air and naval attacks by troops loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi who announced a $400,000 reward for capturing the country’s top opposition leader.
Rebels and members of the opposition in Libya said a hospital in the besieged city of Ras Lanuf was forced to evacuate patients Thursday amid air and naval attacks by troops loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi.
European Union states, meanwhile, signed off on a new round of sanctions against allies of Libya’s regime Thursday, freezing the assets of companies including the country’s central bank.
In Russia, President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree to join UN Security sanctions against Libya, the Kremlin said Thursday. The decree bans the supply of arms, ammunition and military equipment to the north African state, where fighting between rebels and forces loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi is in its third week, said RIA Novosti.
Some of the fiercest fighting was taking place in the strategic oil city of Az-Zawiyah, 50 km west of the capital Tripoli, Al Jazeera reported Thursday.
The Libyan strongman offered a half million dinar (about $410,000) for the capture of former justice minister Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, RIA Novosti reported citing a Libyan TV channel.