Gaddafi’s forces enter Benghazi suburbs
19. March 2011. | 14:11 14:15
Source: Emg.rs, Tanjug
Friday night Al-Jazeera reported that Muammar al-Gaddafi’s troops were within striking distance of the Benghazi. Summit in Paris regarding situation in Libya, which could be followed by a military intervention. Obama warns Gaddafi to end attack against civilians, while Libyan government claims the rebels break ceasefire.
Al-Jazeera reported that Muammar al-Gaddafi’s forces attacked Benghazi early morning Saturday from the land and the air, and entered its suburbs, and AP says their reporter saw a defence aircraft fall close to that city.
Witnesses claim that road to airport and a Benghazi suburb were severely hit in bombing.
Hundreds of rebels, which held the city of Beghazi from the beginning of rebellion against Gaddafi’s regime on February 15, were seen fleeing the city eastwards amid unconfirmed reports that forces loyal to Libyan strongman Muammar al-Gaddafi had entered the western suburbs of the city of more than one million people.
Libyan government said it respects a ceasefire that it announced shortly after the United Nations voted to authorise use of force against Moamer Kadhafi's troops, and the rebels claim it broke ceasefire.
Libyan Foreign Minister Deputy Khaled Kaaim accused the rebels on Saturday for breaking ceasefire when they attacked pro-governmental forces in city south of Benghazi. Kaaim also called for the immediate deployment of foreign observers, saying otherwise "the accusations and counter-accusations will not stop", AFP reported.
"The armed forces are now located outside the city of Benghazi and we have no intention of entering Benghazi," foreign minister deputy told reporters.
American President Barak Obama warned Gaddafi to comply with UN demands on truce or he would face the consequences, including military action. He said that all attacks against civilians must stop.
In the Summit with the European Union, Arab League and African Union, as well as UN chief Ban Ki-moon, on taking UN-sanctioned military action in Libya, France's ambassador to the United Nations, Gerard Araud, said he expected military intervention within hours of the meeting. He added that USA, Unite d Kingdom and France gave an ultimatum for ceasefire and set conditions , as well as that was the last signal to al-Gaddafi.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to attend a major summit in Paris on Libya on Saturday, to meet with the leaders of France, Britain and Germany as well as Arab allies and discuss possibilities of solving the situation in Libya in the light of the latest UN resolution. Summit on Libya is to be attended by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
NATO welcomes the United Nations Security Council Resolution. The Resolution sends a strong and clear message from the entire international community to the Ghaddafi regime: stop your brutal and systematic violence against the people of Libya immediately.
NATO is now completing its planning in order to be ready to take appropriate action in support of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, as part of the broad international effort. There is an urgent need, firm support from the region and a clear UN mandate for necessary international action. Allies stand behind the legitimate aspirations of the Libyan people for freedom, democracy and human rights.