Saturday, April 9, 2011

Muammar Gadhafi Libyan television reappears

.- A cheerful Muammar Gadhafi on Saturday made his first television appearance in five days, while their troops fighting the rebels on the eastern front of Libya's civil war. While the fighting intensified in the only active front, a Red Cross ship carrying medical supplies landed in the besieged city of Misrata, urban scene of heavy fighting and where it is said that the situation is desperate.

Forces loyal to bombed Gadhafi Ajdabiya western limits, the launching point for attacks rebels Brega Mediterranean oil port. A Reuters correspondent heard artillery impacts for about half hour from the western edge of town, the entrance to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, 150 kilometers to the northeast.

The channel Al Jazeera said the forces had entered Ajdabiya Gadhafi. A smiling Gadhafi raised their fists in the air in an ecstatic reception at a school in Tripoli, in which women students hooted and chanted anti-Western slogans. A woman wept with emotion the passing of Libyan leader. Gadhafi, wearing his traditional brown robe and sunglasses, had appeared on television last April 4.

Looking confident and relaxed, seemed to confirm the impression among analysts that has gotten out of a period of paralysis and is preparing for a long war. The week-long battles have developed in the section between Brega and Ajdabiya. There are growing doubts among Western military that may break the deadlock, despite NATO air attacks on the forces of Gadhafi.

A Red Cross boat managed to anchor in Misrata on Saturday, carrying medical supplies sufficient to treat 300 wounded. Misrata, the only major rebel stronghold in the west, has been besieged by the forces of Gaddafi for weeks. On Friday, insurgents said they had repelled an attack on the eastern flank of the coastal city after fierce street fighting that left five dead.

The third largest Libyan city rose against Gadhafi with other mid-February after a crushing violent against peaceful protests in the West. The rebels say that people in Misrata stays of five families at home in safe districts to escape few weeks of the attacks. There are severe shortages of food, water and medicine and hospitals are overwhelmed.

Rebels said they intend to take Brega on Saturday and that some fighters have reached the outskirts of the city. "God willing, we will Brega today," said Capt. Hakim Muazzib rebel from a petrol station between the two cities. From a hospital bed with a bullet wound in his side, Abdullah Mutalib, rebel, 27, told Reuters: "Some Brega (...).

(...) Then we enter we attacked with rockets." The NATO air strikes hit the stores Friday weapons Gadhafi forces Zinta in town, residents said. "The deposits are located 15 miles southeast of Zinta. We could see the buildings in flames in the distance" said the resident, named Abdulrahman, by telephone.

On Saturday, a tanker with 80 thousand tons of oil needed by rebels to finance their uprising entered the Suez Canal after leaving the east of the country in rebel hands. Traders said it was going to China with the first load sold by combatants. Western officials have acknowledged that air power will not be enough to help oust rebels by force Gadhafi and are now emphasizing a political solution.

The air forces of NATO, which aim to protect civilians against the army of Gadhafi, has created a deadlock in place to generate progress, causing neither side is strong enough to give the other a fatal blow. Alliance officials expressed frustration with the tactics of Gadhafi to protect their armored vehicles in civilian areas, thus reducing the effects of air power in Libya.

Analysts anticipate a longer conflict and low-level, possibly leading to a division between east and west. "The opposition forces are insufficient to break this impasse and, as things stand, the way in Tripoli will not happen, "said John Marks, president of Cross Border Information British consultancy." It seems that this impasse could go on forever (...) for now we have a deadlock, so we're seeing more of a partition facto "he said.

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