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Aug 25, 2011

Rebels say find massive Gaddafi food, medicine stocks

BENGHAZI, Libya, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Libyan rebel fighters
have discovered huge stockpiles of food and medicine hoarded by
Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Tripoli that will ease the country’s
shortages, the rebel council said on Thursday.

Rebels swept into the capital city earlier this week after a
six-month uprising which restricted supply routes and caused
dire shortages in parts of the country.

Aug 25, 2011

Clashes as Libyan rebels try to press Gaddafi stronghold

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels clashed with troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday as the rebels tried to put pressure on the last main bastion of Gaddafi’s forces along the Mediterranean coast, a rebel spokesman said.

Rebels are approaching Sirte, Gaddafi’s home town, from two sides and are hoping to negotiate the surrender of its defenders. But the rebels say Gaddafi’s hardcore loyalists in the town 450 km (280 miles) east of Tripoli have vowed to fight to the death.

Aug 25, 2011

Libyan comedian says harder to joke without Gaddafi

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – For 35 years Milood Amroni, Libya’s top comedian, used humor as a weapon to poke fun, ever so carefully, at the government of Muammar Gaddafi.

But an uprising wrested Amroni’s home, the eastern city of Benghazi, from Gaddafi’s rule months ago. While the revolution means Amroni is finally able to joke openly without fear of disappearing into prison, he says he’s had enough of political jokes and wants to move on.

Aug 24, 2011

Bounty placed on Gaddafi’s head, rebel council says

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – A $1.3 million bounty and an amnesty awaits anyone who hands over Muammar Gaddafi, alive or dead, Libya’s rebel council said on Wednesday.

Rebel fighters are hunting for the man who ran the oil-exporting North African country for 42 years after storming his Tripoli compound on Tuesday, but finding it mostly abandoned. Fighting persisted in parts of chaotic Tripoli on Wednesday.

Aug 24, 2011

Rebels seek to avoid bloodbath in Gaddafi hometown

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels closed in on Muammar Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte on Wednesday, the last remaining bastion of government loyalists and where Gaddafi himself could be hiding, rebels said.

Gaddafi supporters in the town, about 450 km east of Tripoli, have been instructed to fight to the death and may not be aware the leader’s 42-year rule is crumbling, the rebels said.

Aug 23, 2011

Gaddafi son affair surmountable blow for rebels

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – The emergence of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, surrounded by cheering, gun-toting supporters, may strike a blow to the credibility of rebels who said they had captured him, but seems unlikely to sap support in the longer term.

Libya’s rebel council, led by former justice minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil, said on Sunday that Saif and another Gaddafi son, Mohammad Gaddafi, had been detained after rebel fighters streamed into to the capital Tripoli largely unopposed.

Aug 22, 2011

Libyan rebel head urges fighters to respect law

BENGHAZI, Aug 22 (Reuters) – The head of Libya’s rebel
national council urged his fighters on Monday to respect the law
and not take violent revenge on members of Muammar Gaddafi’s
fallen regime, adding that indiscipline among rebels could even
lead him to resign.

Mustafa Abdel Jalil, chairman of the National Transitional
Council, promised fair trials for Muammar Gaddafi and members of
his government and called for tolerance, forgiveness and the
protection of civilians and of public and private property.

Aug 20, 2011

Gaddafi’s days numbered, opposition must prepare: U.S.

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s days are numbered as rebel forces make steady gains on the battlefield, and opposition leaders must work together to prepare for power, a senior U.S. official said Saturday.

“It is clear that the situation is moving against Gaddafi,” U.S. assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman told a news conference after meeting Libyan rebel leaders at their headquarters in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi.

Aug 19, 2011

Rebel government struggles to tend to Libya wounded

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – A battle for the Libyan capital Tripoli could result in thousands of casualties, a rebel official told Reuters, saying the ill-equipped insurgent government was likely to need more medical assistance from abroad.

“If there’s huge fighting in Tripoli, casualties we would expect to go into the thousands and thousands, we would need even more support,” rebel health minister Naji Barakat said in an interview late on Thursday.

Aug 19, 2011

Evacuation of foreigners planned from Tripoli

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – An international body said on Friday it would mount an operation, probably by sea, to evacuate thousands of foreigners trapped in Tripoli by rebel advances that have put Muammar Gaddafi’s capital under siege.

The rebels, who have transformed the battlefield this week with victories taking them ever closer to the city, launched an assault east of the capital but were taking heavy casualties, a Reuters reporter at the front line said.