Monday, 22 August 2011

Libya Live Blog- Aljazeera



Al Jazeera staff and correspondents update you on important developments in the Libya uprising.
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US President Barack Obama said on Sunday Gaddafi's "iron fist" regime had reached a 'tipping point' and the Libyan autocrat must leave now to avoid further bloodshed.

In a written statement, Obama also called on Libyan rebels who have surged  into Tripoli to respect human rights, show leadership, preserve the  institutions of the Libyan state and move towards democracy.
A member of the Libyan community in Tunisia holds the Kingdom of Libya flag as others gather outside the Libyan Embassy in Tunis on Sunday to celebrate the entry of rebel fighters into Tripoli. 
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Mohammed Dangor, South Africa's ambassador to Libya, told Al Jazeera he has no knowledge of any of his country’s planes in Tripoli.

"I have no knowledge of any South African planes in Tripoli ... but Nato should know, since they control the airport and no plane can land without their permission," he said.

Dangor confirmed that most of South Africa's diplomatic mission had already left Tripoli on Saturday, with some officials still in Djerba in Tunisia and others in Tripoli.

He denied allegations that he left on a South African defence aircraft, saying that he left to Djerba on a World Food Program jet before making his way to Tunis, Dubai and finally Johannesburg.
State TV is airing footage of a pro-Gaddafi rally.
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Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reported from Green Square an hour ago:
In an interview with our sister channel Al Jazeera Arabic, the head of the Libyan opposition NTC said the Libyan leader's son, Mohammed Gaddafi refused to surrender, his guards shot at rebels. One rebel was killed and one bodyguard was injured.
Mohammed Gaddafi and his family are safe.
The Libyan leader's son, Mohammed Gaddafi, spoke to Al Jazeera Arabic for a live interview a short while ago, in which he took a very apologetic tone and said it was a lack of wisdom that caused the revolution and crisis in Libya.
As he spoke though, his house was attacked and shot at and the interview ended with the sound of gunfire.
Stay tuned to Al Jazeera English for the full translated interview, which we will post here.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a staunch of ally of embattled strongman Muammar Gaddafi, slammed Western powers Sunday for "destroying Tripoli with their bombs," as rebels surged to seize control of the Libyan capital.
"Today we are seeing images of the democratic governments of Europe, along with the supposedly democratic government of the United States destroying Tripoli with their bombs," Chavez said.
Last week Chavez along with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, both arch US foes, jointly denounced the West's "imperialist aggression" in Libya.
Chavez - Gaddafi's main supporter in Latin America - has consistently denounced the months-long military operation in Libya claiming it is an oil grab by Western powers.
Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president and staunch ally of Gaddafi, blasted Western powers for "destroying Tripoli with their bombs".
Chavez said in a televised speech: "Let's pray to God for the Libyan people ... today they dropped I don't know how many bombs"
He denounced US and some European states' involvement for aiming to "intervene and seize a country and its riches".
Today we are seeing images of the democratic governments of Europe, along with the supposedly democratic government of the United States destroying Tripoli with their bombs.
Screen-shot of Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reporting live from Green Square in Tripoli.
Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president and staunch ally of Gaddafi, blasted Western powers for "destroying Tripoli with their bombs".
Chavez said in a televised speech: "Let's pray to God for the Libyan people ... today they dropped I don't know how many bombs"
He denounced US and some European states' involvement for aiming to "intervene and seize a country and its riches".
Today we are seeing images of the democratic governments of Europe, along with the supposedly democratic government of the United States destroying Tripoli with their bombs.
Screen-shot of Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reporting live from Green Square in Tripoli.
Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr is in Green Square:
"There's a party in the Libyan capital tonight. The people are in charge of the city. They've decided the square is now called Martyr's Square, the original name/.
"They're shouting "we're free" and shooting at a poster of Gaddafi."
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Reuters reports: US president Obama says he will make a statement on Libya when he has full confirmation on what is happening.
As Libyan opposition fighters attempt to tighten the noose around Tripoli and stave off Gaddafi control, Jackie Rowland reports from a jubilant Benghazi.
As Libyan opposition fighters attempt to tighten the noose around Tripoli and stave off Gaddafi control, Jackie Rowland reports from a jubilant Benghazi.
As Libyan opposition fighters attempt to tighten the noose around Tripoli and stave off Gaddafi control, Jackie Rowland reports from a jubilant Benghazi.
Hamas welcomes the revolution freeing Tripoli and congratulates Libyans on the great victory they have achieved, Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas, said in a short statement to the press on Monday.
Hamas wishes that this victory is a turning point in the history of the Libyan towards freedom and prosperity, Abu Zuhri added.
Libyan rebel fighters walk past a road sign reading Tripoli (top), Zhrah (middle) and Benghazi (bottom) as rebels advance through the town of Maia, 25 kms west of Tripoli August 21 [image | reuters]
Muammar Gaddafi makes rallying call to his supporters to come out and fight rebels on the streets of Tripoli.
You, you leave your houses and carry out your duty. Dead or alive, come on, go to Tripoli, from within and from outside." The women who trained to use weapons should go out and use their weapons.
You are all armed in Tripoli so there is no excuse, get out.
The agents of colonialism consist of only small groups.
How can you allow the city of Tripoli, Libya's capital, to sit under colonialism once again after the (1969 coup) revolution and freedom?
How can the armed people allow a group of mercenaries, traitors and rats to open the way for colonialism in the city of Tripoli? This is rejected, it's a dangerous thing.
If Tripoli burns and becomes like Baghdad, what good will that do, why? How can we allow Tripoli, which was safe and beautiful, to become a stage for military operations?
NATO secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen called on Sunday for a peaceful and immediate transition of power in Libya, saying the alliance was ready to work with rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi to achieve that. "NATO is ready to work with the Libyan people and with the (rebel) Transitional National Council, which holds a great responsibility," Rasmussen said in a statement. "They must make sure that the transition is smooth and inclusive, that the country stays united, and that the future is founded on reconciliation and respect for human rights." He added NATO would continue to monitor military facilities in Libya to ensure civilians were not under threat.
The ICC has confirmed that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has been detained, and NOT his father, Muammar Gaddafi.
As opposition fighters are pushing towards the Libyan capital, Twitter users applaud the "Arab Spring".

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This is the second part of Muammar Gaddafi's three messages - as aired by state Libyan TV.
Screen-shot of Al Jazeera's Live Stream - watch here
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Ali Lagha, an opposition fighter in Tripoli, says he's inside the house of Mohammed Gaddafi, the Libyan leader's eldest son, who surrendered earlier.
Statement by the NATO Secretary-General on the situation in Libya
"The Qadhafi regime is clearly crumbling. The sooner Qadhafi realises that he cannot win the battle against his own people, the better -- so that the Libyan people can be spared further bloodshed and suffering.
The Libyan people have suffered tremendously under Qaddafi’s rule for over four decades.  Now they have a chance for a new beginning.  Now is the time for all threats against civilians to stop, as the United Nations Security Council demanded.  Now is the time to create a new Libya – a state based on freedom, not fear; democracy, not dictatorship; the will of the many, not the whims of a few.
That transition must come peacefully.  It must come now. And it must be led and defined by the Libyan people. 
NATO is ready to work with the Libyan people and with the Transitional National Council, which holds a great responsibility. They must make sure that the transition is smooth and inclusive, that the country stays united, and that the future is founded on  reconciliation and respect for human rights.
Qadhafi's remaining allies and forces also have a great  responsibility. It is time to end their careers of violence. The world is watching them. This is their opportunity to side with the Libyan people and choose the right side of history.
We will continue to monitor military units and key facilities, as we have since March, and when we see any threatening moves towards the Libyan people, we will act in accordance with our UN mandate.

Our goal throughout this conflict has been to protect the people of Libya, and that is what we are doing. 
Because the future of Libya belongs to the Libyan people.  And it is for the international community to assist them, with the United Nations and the Contact Group playing a leading role. NATO wants the Libyan people to be able to decide their future in freedom and in peace. Today, they can start building that future."

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Al Jazeera has learnt that Gaddafi's eldest son Mohammed has surrendered.
As reports of an opposition offensive taking parts of the capital, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has delivered three audio messages.

This is the second message - split in two parts - as aired by state Libyan TV.
Al Jazeera's correspondent in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, tweets:
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Al Jazeera's correspondent in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, tweets:
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Libya's rebel fighters will halt their offensive if Muammar Gaddafi announces his departure, the head of Libya's rebel National Transitional Council said on Al Arabiya television on Sunday. 
Mustapha Abd El Jalil added that the rebel forces would give Gaddafi and his sons safe passage out of the country. 
Our correspondent in the Egyptian capital, Rawya Rageh, reports riot police have started to deploy outside the Libyan embassy in Cairo.
She said there are army soldiers standing on top of the fences on all sides, as at least two people walked by with a Libyan flag.
Taher Hussain, a Tripoli resident, just spoke to Al Jazeera:
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Hundreds of euphoric Libyan rebels have overrun a major military base defending the capital, carting away truckloads of weapons and racing to the outskirts of Tripoli with virtually no resistance.
The rebels' surprising and speedy leap forward, after six months of largely deadlocked civil war, was packed into just a few dramatic hours.
By nightfall, they had advanced more than 20 miles to the edge of Gaddafi's last major bastion of support, entering the city's Green Square. 
Along the way, they freed several hundred prisoners from a regime lockup.

Libyan opposition fighters say they have entered the Green Square in central Tripoli. They said they entered the capital from the west and are about eight kilometres from the centre of the city.
A Libyan government official said on Sunday that 376 people were killed and more than 1,000 wounded in a rebel assault on the capital.
 "There are 376 dead and more than 1,000 wounded" since the attacks were launched late on Saturday, the official told foreign journalists, asking not to be named.
A top Libyan security official has accused NATO forces of following orders from the militant network al-Qaida, as rebel forces inched closer to Tripoli and Muammar Gaddafi's seat of power.
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What we are facing now in this war is NATO led by al-Qaeda. The European and western officials are lying to their people when they say they are fighting terrorism. In fact they are fighting with terrorism against the Libyan nation and they are following al Qaeda's orders.
What we find really strange that the same people who brought to us these terrorists elements are the same people now supporting these very terrorist elements. Now the international coalition is not against terrorism but between the west and terrorism. And my colleagues, the heads of intelligence services all around the world know what I am talking about. Libyan head of security services Abdullah Al-Snousi.

The representative of the National Transitional Council, New Libyan Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Aref Ali Nayed (L), speaks during a news conference next to Libyan Stabilization Minister Ahmed Jehani (R) at Libyan consulate, in Dubai August 21, 2011. [image | reuters]
Libya's defected ex-prime minister Abdes Salam Jalloud said Sunday he believed it was too late for his former ally Muammar Gaddafi to strike a deal to leave power and he would likely be killed. In an interview with Italian media he said: 
I believe the regime has a week left, 10 days at most. And maybe even less.
He has no way of leaving Tripoli. All the roads are blocked. He can only leave with an international agreement and I think that door is closed.
I think it would be difficult for Gaddafi to give himself up. And he is not like Hitler who had the courage to kill himself... I don't think the evolution of the situation in Tripoli will allow him to survive.