World

 

Brazil

Mexico

Bolivia

Peru

Trinidad &
Tobago

Venezuela


Brazil

Mexico

Bolivia

Peru

Trinidad &
Tobago

Venezuela








Very usefull links



Petroleumworld
Bookstore



Institutional
links


OPEC



 


Petroleumworld
Business Partners

 


IRAQ OIL THE FORUM


Blogspots
recomended

caracas chronicles

Gustavo Coronel

Iran Watch.org

Venezuela Today

Le Blog des
Energies Nouvelles

 

 

 


Libya:NATO strikes in Misrata but shelling resumes

Reuters/Crown Copyright, MOD 2006 via Reuters TV

Combination of still images from an April 25, 2011 video by Britain's Ministry of Defence (MOD) shows Libyan regime vehicles (top to bottom) being destroyed by an air strike from a coalition patrol aircraft near Misrata. Details of the aircraft's display are obscured at source. Video taken April 25, 2011.

TRIPOLI
Petroleumworld.com, Apr 27, 2011

NATO air strikes forced Libyan government forces to withdraw from one of their positions in the besieged city of Misrata overnight but they resumed bombardment of the port area Wednesday, a rebel spokesman said.

A ship waiting offshore to evacuate a thousand migrant workers from the city used a lull in shelling that has reduced large areas of the city to rubble to dock at the port. It was not immediately clear whether it had left before firing resumed.

Misrata, a western enclave offering a sealink to the eastern rebel heartland, is the focus of Muammar Gaddafi's drive to break a rebellion against his four-decade rule. But neither the army nor rebels backed by British and French-led NATO air strikes have achieved a decisive victory in weeks of fighting.

"Gaddafi's forces retreated from the port area where they were positioned yesterday after air strikes by the NATO forces. The strikes completely destroyed 37 military vehicles," the rebel spokesman, called Reda, told Reuters in Algiers by telephone from Misrata.

"Gaddafi's forces this morning started bombarding an area about 10 km (6 miles) north of the city. It is known as the Steel area. The bombardment is still going on. They are using Grad missiles ... Warplanes are flying over Misrata's outskirts but I don't hear any sound of strikes," he said by telephone.

Grad missiles are Russian-made munitions fired in multiple volleys, usually from the back of trucks.

AID SHIP DOCKS

Hours before the shelling resumed, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said a vessel had docked in Misrata with the aim of evacuating Libyans wounded in the fighting, as well as migrant workers, to the eastern rebel heartland of Benghazi.

"The Red Star One has just docked and is unloading aid supplies, including ambulances," a spokesman said during a lull in the shelling.

A rebel spokesman in Misrata, Libya's third-biggest city, said eight local people had been killed in fighting Tuesday, up from the previous figure of three killed.

"There was a very intense bombardment in the port area and another area southwest of Misrata, some 4 km (2-1/2 miles) from the (city) center, the spokesman, called Sami, told Reuters by telephone from Misrata. The line was cut before the spokesman could give any more details.

Military deadlock in Libya has exposed growing international rifts, with critics of NATO bombing calling it another case of the West trying to overthrow a regime by stretching the terms of a U.N. resolution. The rebels themselves have sometimes accused NATO of not doing enough to drive back Gaddafi's forces.

"Is there a lack of such crooked regimes in the world?" Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin asked Tuesday. "Are we going to bomb everywhere and conduct missile strikes?"

A senior African Union official accused Western nations of undermining an AU peace plan that would not require Gaddafi's removal from power.

British and U.S. officials met Tuesday to discuss how to step up military pressure on Gaddafi.

Warplanes flattened a building in Gaddafi's compound on Monday in what his officials called an assassination attempt. NATO denies trying to kill him.

British Defense Secretary Liam Fox and Britain's Chief of the Defense Staff General David Richards met Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington.

After the Washington talks, Gates said the coalition was not targeting Gaddafi specifically. Fox said there had been some "momentum" in the Libyan conflict in recent days.

Western forces have run out of obvious targets to bomb, say analysts, without achieving a clear military result.

Libya's state news agency Jana said Tripoli had urged Russia to call an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, where Moscow has a permanent seat. A Russian official said no instructions for such a call had been made.

The war has split the oil producer, Africa's fourth biggest, into a government-held western area round the capital Tripoli and an eastern region held by disorganized but dedicated rebels.

 


Story by Lin Noueihed from Reuters.Additional reporting by Christian Lowe in Algiers, Guy Desmond and Maher Nazeh in Tripoli, Alexander Dziadosz in Benghazi and Sami Aboudi in Cairo, Hamid Ould Ahmed in Algiers, Tim Castle and Mohammed Abbas in London; writing by Ralph Boulton ; editing by Giles Elgood

Reuters / Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:17am EDT

 

Follow us in Twitter

And post your comments in our Facebook site


Send this story to a friend


Copyright© 1999-2009 Petroleumworld or respective author or news agency. All rights reserved.

We welcome the use of Petroleumworld™ stories by anyone provided it mentions Petroleumworld.com as the source. Other stories you have to get authorization by its authors.

Internet web links to http://www.petroleumworld.com are appreciated

Petroleumworld welcomes your feedback and comments,
share your thoughts on this article, your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us
their views and comments about this article.Write to editor@petroleumworld.com

By using this link, you agree to allow PW
to publish your comments on our letters page.

Any question or suggestions, please write to: editor@petroleumworld.com

Best Viewed with IE 5.01+ Windows NT 4.0, '95,
'98,ME,XP, Vista, Windows 7+/ 800x600 pixels


TOP

Contact: editor@petroleumworld.com/phone:(58 212) 635 7252, (58 412) 996 3730 or
(58  412) 952 5301

Editor:Elio C. Ohep A/Producer - Publisher:Elio Ohep /
Contact Email: editor@petroleumworld.com
CopyRight © 1999-2006, Elio Ohep - All Rights Reserved. Legal Information
- CCS office Tele
phone/Teléfonos Oficina: ( 58 212) 635 7252
PW in Top 100 Energy Sites

Technorati Profile

Fair use notice of copyrighted material:
This site is a public free site and it contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner.We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of business, environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have chosen to view the included information for research, information, and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission fromPetroleumworld or the copyright owner of the material.