Thursday, March 17, 2011

Qaddafi Forces Ready to Attack Benghazi

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called on Libyan leader Muamar pro troops and rebels Qaddafi of Libya for a truce, ahead of an expected assault on the rebel capital of Benghazi, said a UN spokesman. Ban "deeply concerned about the escalation of attacks increased by government forces, which include the indication of an attack in the city of Benghazi," said UN spokesman Martin Nesirky. 

"The attack to bombard a city center will be a massive placing civilian lives at risk. Secretary-General urged all parties to the conflict to accept a cease-fire immediately and to comply with Security Council resolution 1970." The resolution, passed on February 26, demanding an end to attacks against the opponents of Qaddafi and the implementation of sanctions against his regime. 

The UN secretary general spoke with Libyan Foreign Minister Mussa Kussa by telephone on Tuesday night and Ban's special envoy to Libya, Abdul Ilah Khatib, had left Tripoli on Wednesday, said a UN statement. Khatib, a former Jordanian foreign minister, has held two days of talks "in which he has submitted to the senior officials of Libya's demand for hard by the international community to stop the fighting and violence, to ensure humanitarian access and to work towards a peaceful settlement of the crisis", he said . 

The envoy made renewed calls for "firm and clear commitment on the part of the Libyan government to stop hostilities immediately", according to the statement. Military Qaddafi, according to British news agency Reuters, on Wednesday has issued a warning to the citizens of Benghazi to leave rebel-held and weapon storage at 22 GMT. 

Text messages on television screens Al-Libya aimed at urban dwellers in eastern Libya claimed that the army will come "to help you and to cleanse your city of armed gangs." Libyan television Tuesday malaporkan Qaddafi's supporters had gathered in the city, things that foreign journalists can not be sure. It is unclear also whether the warning will be followed by action. 

Previously troops retake pro Qaddafi has a number of cities in eastern Libya which fell into rebel hands, including Qaddafi's hometown of Sirte and the oil town of Ras Lanuf. Finally, according to reports, they had recaptured the town Ajdabiyah, the entrance to Benghazi.

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