Saturday, March 19, 2011

Libya update - via Al-Jazeera

  • Snipers loyal to Gaddafi have killed two people in Misurata, a resident told Reuters. \
    "We have two people dead this morning ... because there are snipers on some houses and they are shooting people, they are shooting whoever they see," the resident, called Saadoun, told Reuters by telephone.
  • 1:23am
    The head of the Libyan National Council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, just denied Libyan state TV reports that defected interior Minister Abdel Fatah Younis has defected the rebels and joined Gaddafi forces again.
    It seems that there is a media war going on between Gaddafi and rebels.
  • 1:15pm
    Libyan state TV says that interior minister Abdel Fatah Yunes, who defected to the rebels at the beginning of March, had returned to the Gaddafi camp and to his old job.
  • 1:08pm
    Libyan forces loyal to Gaddafi fired artillery shells into the rebel-held city of Misurata and water supplies were still cut off, a resident said.
    "They (Gaddafi's forces) bombed the town with four or five artillery shells in the early hours today. The situation is relatively calm now. But they are still on the outskirts of the town, and water to Misrata is still cut off," the resident, called Mohammed, told Reuters by telephone from the city.
    Libyan government officials deny attacking rebels and say they are observing a ceasefire.
    Reports from Misrata could not be verified independently because authorities in Tripoli have prevented journalists from reaching the city.