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Libya: Eyewitnesses Report NATO Airstrikes In Tripoli; Govt Forces Regain Some Positions


Heavy NATO bombings have been conducted over the past hours in Tripoli, according to local MISNA sources explaining that it is difficult to verify what is actually occurring and the consequences for civilians.

Fighting is underway in various areas of the Libyan capital and in some cases forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gheddafi have regained positions, casting aside rebel proclamations of victory. The rebels yesterday in fact claimed they almost entirely held control of Tripoli.

Libya: Satellite image of central Tripoli
Libya: Satellite image of central Tripoli

A spokesperson in Libya for the International Committee of the Red Cross, Dibeh Fakhr, confirmed to MISNA that the aid and medical provisions sent yesterday to the city hospitals and medical facilities were delivered, adding that it remains impossible to provide precise estimates on the number of dead and injured.

The National Transitional Council (NTC), a leadership formed by the rebels headquartered in Bengasi, today received Turkish Foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu. In a joint press conference, Davutoglu and NTC chairman Mustaf Abdel Jalil definedthe recent developments as a significant achievement, however using more cautious tones in respect to the proclamations of victory of the past two days.

The media also reports fighting outside Tripoli and that rebels are advancing toward the disputed key oil zone of Ras Lanuf and Sirte, birth city of Gheddafi.

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MISNA, or the Missionary International Service News Agency, provides daily news ‘from, about and for’ the 'world’s Souths', not just in the geographical sense, since December 1997.

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