EU readies for large-scale military operation in Libya
The European Union is preparing for a large-scale military operation if the United Nations authorizes the international coalition to scale up its military action in Libya. This comes in a 60-page document that has landed in the hands of reporters of Germany’s biggest daily publication, Das Bild.
According to the paper, all branches of arms are due to take part in the operation in question. The plan also enumerates the threats that the western force will come to face in Libya, specifically terrorist attacks, road and field mining and the drawing of the troops into inter-clan and inter-tribal conflicts.
A ground operation in Libya would thus prove a dangerous undertaking for Europe, the document says. According to the plan, the operation should last no more than four months.
NATO strikes fail to ensure Libya settlement
NATO airstrikes have failed to ensure a settlement in Libya, says the African Union Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra. He was speaking during a meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa on Tuesday.
The meeting focused on the situation around Libya. The African Union has reiterated that it rejects any foreign interference in Libya. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also said Tuesday that the humanitarian situation was worsening in the North African country.
The international community’s basic objective in Libya is the protection of civilians, preservation of ceasefire and political decision-making, Ban Ki-moon said.
Gaddafi forces resume attacks on Misurata
Libyan government troops have resumed attacks on the rebel-held city of Misurata west of Tripoli.
Several Grad missiles reportedly hit the Misurata port on Tuesday, injuring dozens of African refugees.
A humanitarian vessel that came to evacuate them had to leave the port and head out to sea.
NATO seeks to disrupt Gaddafi troop communications
On Monday, the NATO military attempted to disrupt telecommunications between several Libyan cities that the Gaddafi troops are in control of.
This came in a report by Libyan state television earlier today.
According to the report, NATO frigates dropped depth bombs onto a fibre-optic cable that’s laid 15 nautical miles off the coast.
The cable provides communication between Gaddafi’s hometown Sirte and the cities of Ras Lanuf and Marsa El Brega.
According to the TV report, communications failures were reported in the north of Libya following the attack.