MAJAR, Libya (Reuters) – In Libya’s civil war, where conflicting accusations collide and dusty farmlands have become a battleground, there was little doubt about the conflict’s human toll, no matter its nature or numbers.
The scene was gruesome and chaotic in the seaside town of Zlitan Tuesday as sweaty cameramen and government officials crowded into the tiny, sweltering hospital morgue, clutching scarves and paper masks to protect against the sickening smell.
ZLITAN, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan officials said on Tuesday dozens of civilians had been killed in a NATO strike on a cluster of farmhouses east of Tripoli, but the alliance said it hit a legitimate military target.
A strike causing large numbers of civilian casualties could undermine support in some NATO nations for a campaign to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that has already proved much longer, bloodier and more costly than its backers had anticipated.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Power and petrol shortages are gripping the Libyan capital Tripoli, giving rise to frustration as the months of conflict with NATO-backed rebels take their toll on a city that is the seat of embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi’s power.
As rebels continue to fight loyalist forces along several fronts, blackouts have rolled across Tripoli with increasing frequency in recent weeks.
SOUQ AL-JUMAA, Libya (Reuters) – A few kilometers from the front-lines, some of the youngest victims of Libya’s civil war lay on Thursday in simple coffins, testimony to the toll of the conflict in which neither side boasts a clear advantage.
Musatafa al-Marabit, his feet bandaged and his clothes spotted with blood, was led sobbing from the three coffins containing the bodies of his wife and two young sons.
TRIPOLI/ZLITAN, Libya, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Libyan leader
Muammar Gaddafi’s camp has vowed to push on with its war against
rebels whether or not NATO stops its bombing campaign, leaving
little room for diplomacy to end the five-month conflict.
The rebels and their Western backers kept up the pressure on
the veteran leader as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began,
with NATO bombing military targets and dropping leaflets over
the capital calling on loyalists to give up.
TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Libyans on both sides of
the front line began fasting for the Muslim holy month of
Ramadan on Monday with no sign of any let-up in the five-month
conflict that has divided their country.
Several explosions rocked the capital, Tripoli, overnight as
the NATO coalition vowed to push on with a bombing campaign
which is meant to protect civilians but is also supporting
rebels trying to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
MISRATA/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – In rebel-held Misrata, the vegetable market is half empty; shoppers fret over shortages and soaring prices. A few miles away in Zlitan, controlled by Muammar Gaddafi, Libyans worry about sanctions and NATO strikes.
As Libya’s civil war churns on into Ramadan with no end in sight, Libyans on both sides of the conflict say shortages, high prices, rising summer temperatures and worry about loved ones fighting on distant fronts could mar the Muslim fasting month.
TRIPOLI/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO said on Saturday it had bombed three satellite dishes in Tripoli to stop “terror broadcasts” by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, but state television remained on the air.
“A few hours ago NATO conducted a precision airstrike that disabled three ground-based Libyan state TV satellite transmission dishes in Tripoli,” NATO spokesman Colonel Roland Lavoie said.
BENGHAZI/TRIPOLI, July 29 (Reuters) – As mourners carried the body the slain Libyan rebel military chief to his funeral, fighters fresh from the front unleashed volleys of gunfire into the air and vowed Abdul Fattah Younes had not died in vain.
Far away from the grieving rebel stronghold Benghazi, supporters of Muammar Gaddafi, whose 41-year rule the rebels are struggling to end, Tripoli residents on Friday said the man they labeled a traitor merely got what he deserved.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi shows no sign of giving any ground as rebels win wider recognition abroad, so, with no breakthrough likely in the war, a stalemate looks set to extend well into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
If anything, diplomatic efforts to end the five-month conflict may have been further complicated by rifts emerging between the rebels and their Western allies over whether or not Gaddafi could stay in the country even if he stood down.