DAFNIYA/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan rebels renewed their push against leader Muammar Gadaffi’s forces on Friday, coming under heavy fire just days after making hefty advances toward Tripoli on two fronts.
A defiant Gadaffi rallied tens of thousands of supporters to Tripoli’s Green Square for Friday prayers, underscoring his refusal to step down after four decades in power and five months of fighting.
DAFNIYA, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebel fighters based in Misrata advanced about 20 km (12 miles) west toward the capital, rebel commanders said on Wednesday, but government forces were shelling their positions.
Rebel commanders in Dafniya, on the western outskirts of Misrata, told Reuters their forces had made the advance overnight along one stretch of the front line, but Reuters journalists were unable to confirm that independently.
TRIPOLI/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi could fall within two to three months, the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor said on Tuesday, as rebels sought to build on a gradual advance towards Tripoli.
The ICC’s Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who on Monday announced an arrest warrant for Gaddafi on charges of crimes against humanity, is the latest international official to say the Libyan leader would soon capitulate to a NATO-backed revolt.
TRIPOLI/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said on Tuesday it could be “game over” within months for Muammar Gaddafi, but China reacted cautiously to the issuing of an arrest warrant for the Libyan leader on charges of crimes against humanity.
“Today, it is time for arrests,” ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told reporters in The Hague, a day after the ICC approved warrants for Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi.
THE HAGUE/TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant on Monday for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and rebels trying to oust him said their forces had advanced to within 80 km (50 miles) of the capital.
The Hague-based court approved warrants for Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi on charges of crimes against humanity. ICC prosecutors allege they were involved in the killing of civilian protesters who rose up in February against Gaddafi’s 41-year rule.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant on Monday for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and rebels trying to oust him said their forces had advanced to within 80 km (50 miles) of the capital Tripoli.
The court approved warrants for Gaddafi as well as his son Saif al-Islam and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi on charges of crimes against humanity. ICC prosecutors allege they were involved in the killing of protesters who rose up in February against Gaddafi’s 41-year rule.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan rebels trying to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi have pushed to within about 80 km (50 miles) of the capital, a rebel spokesman told Reuters on Monday, in the biggest rebel breakthrough in weeks.
In neighboring Tunisia three Libyan ministers, including the foreign minister, were holding talks with “foreign parties,” the Tunisian state news agency reported.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi is the historical choice of the Libyan people and cannot be moved aside, his government said on Sunday, stepping back from earlier statements offering an election on his future role.
“Muammar Gaddafi is Libya’s historical symbol, and he is above all political actions, above all political and tactical games,” government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said in a statement issued late on Sunday.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The Libyan government on Sunday renewed its offer to hold a vote on whether Muammar Gaddafi should stay in power, a proposal unlikely to interest Gaddafi’s opponents but which could widen differences inside NATO.
Pressure is growing from some quarters within the alliance to find a political solution, three months into a military campaign which is costing NATO members billions of dollars, has killed civilians, and has so far failed to topple Gaddafi.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – NATO missiles have hit a site in Libya used by Muammar Gaddafi’s forces to stockpile military supplies and vehicles, the alliance said on Saturday, adding it was unaware of 15 civilian deaths reported by state media.
The attack late on Friday was the second within hours on what NATO said were clearly identified military targets in the coastal city of Brega, around 200 km (130 miles) west of the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.