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Gaddafi jets, tanks pound opposition

Posted by on March 8, 2011 0 Comment

Pro-Gaddafi forces have intensified attacks on revolutionary forces, amid calls by the UN to have urgent access to civilian population shelled by Gaddafi fighter jets and tanks.

Libya’s air force carried out new raids on opposition forces in Benghazi, the second largest city in Libya on Tuesday.

Civilians were also surrounded by Gaddafi forces in the strategic Libyan cities of Zawiya and Misratah.

A missile exploded around 100 meters from some houses on the outskirts of the strategic oil town of Ras Lanuf on Tuesday, sending up a big plume of dark grey smoke.

Reports coming out of Libya suggest that forces loyal to embattled ruler Muammar Gaddafi are escalating attacks on revolutionary forces as the two oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Brega have been closed.

Revolutionary forces have begun pulling back from Ras Lanuf and the nearby city of Ben Jawad following deadly airstrikes by Gaddafi’s warplanes.

Pro-Gaddafi forces launched a renewed attempt to capture the city of Zawiyah.

According to reports, three revolutionary forces and over 30 pro-Gaddafi soldiers were killed in the clashes.

On Sunday, Gaddafi’s tanks shelled the civilian population in the western city of Misratah. Medics say 21 people lost their lives.

Meanwhile, the United Nations says more than one million people fleeing or inside the country are in need of humanitarian aid.

Additionally, the UN and its partners launched a $160 million appeal today to address the humanitarian needs, which will help fund the activities of 17 aid organizations for the next three months to help the projected 400,000 people leaving crisis-hit Libya, including the roughly 200,000 people who have already left, as well as 600,000 inside Libya.

The latest report suggest that revolutionary forces controlling much of eastern Libya say they have rejected an offer of negotiations with the regime of Gaddafi. Agencies


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