2011/03/07

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The revolutionaries need information/ and   friends who are able to help in whatever ways that they require.

____________________R ight across this world Egypt Tunisia

Libya

 Army _________________People
 Revolt _________________Counter Revolt

 Force _________________Counter Force __________________

Who are the pro Ghaddafi forces? Who are these reactionary forces-- see the young soldier interviewd.
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  • hrapnel from heavy shelling nearly hits anti-Gaddafi fighters outside Bin Jawad during fierce fighting yesterday [Reuters]


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    As the uprising in Libya continues, we update you with the latest developments from our correspondents, news agencies and citizens across the globe. Al Jazeera is not responsible for content derived from external sites.


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    (All times are local in Libya GMT+2)


    11:46am


    Opposition forces from Az Zintan, located 160 KM southwest of Tripoli, attacked pro-Gaddafi forces in the outskirts of the city yesterday and arrested 10 of them, in addition to the leader of the pro Gaddafi brigade who is a colonel sufferring from severe wounds and currently being treated at a local hospital, Mussa Zwaeeb, an eye witnesses from Az Zintan, said.


    10:37am


    In the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, much of the euphoria and excitement that victory was close at hand had faded, said Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid.


    Some feared that pro-Gaddafi forces had deliberately retreated to around Gaddafi's Sirte, drawing the inexperienced and poorly-equipped rebel fighters forward and leaving rebel-held towns exposed to a possible counter-offensive.


    "Some people told me all the young people had gone to the front. There is no one left to protect the city," said Abdel-Hamid. "There is an understanding that [Gaddafi's ousting] is not going to happen so easily."


    9:34am


    Intensive diplomatic consultations are ongoing between the Netherlands and Libya following the capture of three Dutch marines in Sirte on February 27.


    The Marines landed their helicopter on the beach of Sirte in an attempt to evacuate two employees of the Dutch consulate in Libya. The Libyan army subsequently arrested them.


    The evacuees were transferred to the Dutch embassy shortly after the incident, but the marines remain in Libyan custody. Gaddafi has referred to them as ‘prisoners’.


    “We are doing everything we can. Due to the sensitivity of the matter we cannot say when we had our last contact with the Libyans,” a spokesperson of the Dutch defence ministry told Al Jazeera.


    9:28am


    Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland, reporting from Brega, said: "For a few days the rebels were making gains, but overnight it would appear that pro-Gaddafi forces took some ground. If the rebels want to capture Sirte, they will have to prepare for heavy fighting along the way.


    "The rebel have been taking heavy casualties - we saw a number of ambulances on the road from the frontlines to Brega," she said.


    9:27am


    Abu Sadr, an activist in Benghazi, tells Al Jazeera: "For the time being, government forces are not going to come into Benghazi unless it's an airforce attack. People here are very relaxed and we know for the time being we are safe from any ground attacks. Whatever cities there are between Brega and Ras Lanuf, those are important because they are close to Gaddafi forces.


    8:34am


    Al Jazeera's Sabina Castelfranco in Lampedusa reports that 10 boats arrived from North Africa overnight carrying at least 850 immigrants. They are being identified at the holding center which is already overcrowded with over 1000 immigrants seeking registration.


    Coastguard officials say another boat with an addition 100 immigrants is en route.


    8:23am


    Here's a map of cities in Libya that have so far played a major role in the country's uprising, a few of which have witnessed some the worst fighting in recent weeks such as Az Zawiyah, Brega and Toruk.


    Ras Lanuf, Ajdabiya and Benghazi are all in the hands of anti-Gaddafi rebels, while Tripoli, the capital, and Sirte remain under Gaddafi's control.



















    8:23am


    Here's a map of cities in Libya that have so far played a major role in the country's uprising, a few of which have witnessed some the worst fighting in recent weeks such as Az Zawiyah, Brega and Toruk.


    Ras Lanuf, Ajdabiya and Benghazi are all in the hands of anti-Gaddafi rebels, while Tripoli, the capital, and Sirte remain under Gaddafi's control.-----------------


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