Gaddafi troops encircle towns in west of Libya
Muammar Gaddafi's troops have encircled several towns in the Jabal Al-Gharbi mountainous country, in the west of Libya, where bitter fighting is currently under way with Berber militia.
Rebels have grown active in the towns of Yafran, Zlitan and Abu Ruveyya in recent days, threatening the government troops’ rear lines of communications on the Misurata western front. Guerrilla attacks have also resumed in Az-Zaviyya, 40 kilometres away from Tripoli.
A two-day ceasefire expired in Misurata on Sunday at midnight, so the thunder of artillery is again being reported from the area. NATO aircraft have delivered a strike at Gaddafi’s residence in Tripoli, wounding 45.
NATO missiles rock Gaddafi’s compound
NATO jets delivered a powerful strike on Gaddafi’s Bab al-Azizia compound in the capital of Tripoli.
At least 45 people are wounded and 15 are in critical state.
The target of the strike was the Libyan leader whose troops had resumed artillery fire on the opposition’s stronghold of Misurata last night.
The opposition fighters reported 1 killed and 12 wounded.
Earlier, Khaled Kaim, Libya’s Deputy Foreign Minister, said the troops would pull out of Misurata for tribal leaders to hold negotiations with the rebels.
Libya to take up settlement in Addis Ababa
The Libyan Foreign Minister Abdul Ati al-Obeidi has left Tripoli for the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to discuss a settlement plan for Libya with the African Union leaders.
A delegation of the African Union has recently held talks in Tripoli and Benghazi.
The Libyan Government accepted the peace plan, but the opposition rejected it, insisting that Gaddafi should step down.
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said yesterday that Moscow was prepared to contribute to the African Union’s efforts to put the situation in Libya onto a political and diplomatic track.