Heavy fighting in Libya agree by NATO: After the approval of Turkey, U.S. now make the control of the military operation. The fierce battles continue – just in Misurata is to give a hundred dead and thousands injured. The events in the log of minutes.
NATO can take over – and mark the beginning of the second phase of the war in Libya. Was critical for the vote of Turkey: After six days between the allies of Ankara had resigned Thursday night as the last of the 28 NATO countries to resistance. It is expected that the military alliance on Monday or Tuesday to take over leadership of the military operation to enforce the flight ban, a NATO diplomat in Brussels confirmed. On the evening of Thursday, the Member States unanimously, the final decision came as NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced in Brussels.
The bombing of the alliance of France, Britain and the United States have been coordinated by the United States. Washington will give the order to the operation as quickly as possible and do not participate directly in the implementation of the no-fly zone. Just wanted to provide “support and assistance” in the form of actions to disrupt the radar of Libya, said White House spokesman, Jay Carney.
So Libya from the war enters a new phase. Since Saturday is flying the “coalition of the willing” on the basis of a UN resolution aerial attacks against the troops of Muammar al-Gaddafi. A major success was the elimination of Libyan air force.
On the sixth day of the mission in Libya, the international coalition has intensified its attacks against Gaddafi’s troops in the south. According to information from security sources, the fighter planes bombed targets in Libya, including several in the city of Sabha, some 1,000 kilometers south of Tripoli. Even a military airport in Al-Dschufra, 800 kilometers south of the capital was attacked. In addition, several objectives are east of the capital Tripoli have been attacked. Witnesses saw flames on a military base outside Tadschura.
Gaddafi force air strikes not yet broken
A French Rafale fighter jet shot down a Libyan plane. The machine had been taken in the embattled city of Misurata. A French military spokesman confirmed the plane was injured in the arsenal of those in power Gaddafi air exclusion zone and was destroyed immediately after landing at the military base was in Misurata.
But air strikes have weakened the push Gaddafi does not seem enough. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, said that it was days or weeks, but take months to Gaddafi’s military power to break.
In spite of all denominations to cease fire Gadhafi troops to the UN, continue to the insurgents. The two UN resolutions, the most important demands for a ceasefire and the protection of civilians must be respected in any case, the Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, said Thursday in its report to the Security Council in New York. “The Libyan authorities have repeatedly assured cease fire. But we see no evidence of that.”
“On the contrary,” said Ban. “The battles take Adschdabiya, Misurata and other cities to continue. In short, there are indications that the Libyan authorities have taken no steps to his promise to adhere to the two UN resolutions, the last.” With air strikes could be considered the no-fly zone enforced, but as.
Gaddafi rebels and supporters continue to fight fiercely for every inch of land reclamation. Misurata in the east of Tripoli on Thursday shot down Gadhafi tank units in the district to the central hospital. The clinic has become an army base, the BBC quoted a contact in the contested city. Gaddafi’s troops had taken over the hospital, which was evacuated and no more civil JURISDICTION.
The rebels reported for its part, the successes in the fight for the port of Misurata. After this before in the hands of Gadhafi troops had fallen, the soldiers have apparently withdrawn their boats again. Opponents also said they had killed 30 snipers in Misurata, reports Reuters. “There were fights and our people have made the snipers on the roofs identified and killed,” rebel spokesman Abu Abdulbasset Mzereiq said by telephone. They were also on the front near the ground Abschdabija substantial.
Merkel calls for a global oil embargo against Libya
In the days of fighting around the port city of Misurata, according to a CNN report, U.S. has more than 100 people have been killed. 1300 people wounded. The station quoted a doctor. State media reported on Libya in NATO attacks on civilian targets were also Tadschura were bombed. The data could not be verified.
The African Union (AU) has provided a platform for discussion to resolve the crisis of Libya. Representatives of the regime of Gaddafi and Libyan opposition leaders will participate, according to the UN, Ban Ki Moon Generalksekretär on Friday at a meeting of the AU in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The meeting was part of efforts to reach a truce in Libya and a political solution, “said Ban.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, reiterated at the beginning of the EU summit in Brussels, his call for stricter sanctions against Libya. “We need to trade restrictions that are as complete as possible,” he said. A full oil embargo was necessary to demonstrate that leaders like Gaddafi not to do business.
Also at the EU summit French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced that the United Arab Emirates sent dozens of aircraft to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya. “I spoke to the prince, and he said his country had decided to take the plane,” said Sarkozy at night.