Sunday, June 5, 2011

NATO bombed Tripoli and suburbs to pressure Gadhafi

.- NATO planes today bombed Tripoli and its eastern suburbs to keep pressure on the leader Moammar Gadhafi, shortly after the British foreign secretary, William Hague, visited Benghazi to support the opposition. The center of Tripoli and the eastern suburbs of the city were hit at about 02:30 h Libyan (00:30 GMT) for several rounds of fighters Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), according to witnesses cited by channel Al Jazeera.

Shortly after warplanes flew over the capital and six explosions were heard, prompting alarm among civil and activated warning systems in residential areas and government agencies Gadhafi. This escalation of bombing came a day after Britain and France first used helicopter gunships to attack Libya's Gadhafi military installations in the port city of Brega.

The helicopter gunships are more flexible, better adapted to annihilate the enemy troops and equipment as well as more accurate than the planes flying at higher altitudes, although this also means greater exposure to the enemy. NATO attacks intensified after the conclusion of the visit of Hague to Benghazi, the main stronghold of the insurgency and opposition headquarters of the National Transitional Council (CNT).

'We are here today for one primary reason, to show our support for the Libyan people and the CNT, the legitimate representative of the Libyan people, "said British Foreign Minister during their stay in the city of Benghazi. Hague met with the head of the CNT, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, to meet future strategic plans and promised financial assistance to remove landmines, also visited a medical center where they are victims of conflict.

The British foreign secretary also discussed with Jalil a 'road map' for when Gadhafi achieved power output. "We welcome any action that would precipitate the end of the Gadhafi regime," said the leader of the CNT. Regarding the use of helicopter gunships in Libya, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that the NATO intervention 'is heading for a ground operation', whereas members of the international coalition committed to not deploying ground troops.

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