News / Africa

Gadhafi Urges Libyans to Fight NATO

Libyan rebel fighters celebrate after taking partial control of the coastal town of Zawiya, 50 km (30 miles) west of Tripoli, August 14, 2011.
Libyan rebel fighters celebrate after taking partial control of the coastal town of Zawiya, 50 km (30 miles) west of Tripoli, August 14, 2011.
TEXT SIZE - +

Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi has urged his people to take up arms "to liberate Libya."

In an audio message broadcast on Libyan television early Monday, Mr. Gadhafi urged Libyans to fight to retake towns held by rebels.

Rebels have been pushing closer to the capital Tripoli.  On Sunday, they claimed to have seized control of parts of the strategic city of Zawiya - a claim the Libyan government denies.

Zawiya is near a major highway and is just 50 kilometers west of Tripoli.  Rebel control of the city would cut off Tripoli from its supply lines.

Rebels say they pushed farther into western districts of the coastal city on Sunday, despite intense clashes with forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi.  

Television video on Sunday showed rebels hoisting pre-Gadhafi-era flags over the city and firing celebratory shots into the air. However, a Libyan government spokesman said the government remained in control. Moussa Ibrahim said pro-government forces had stopped a small group of rebel fighters and were in the process of defeating them.

Zawiya has changed hands several times. It was one of the first cities to rebel against Mr. Gadhafi, shortly after the anti-government uprising began in February.

In other developments Sunday, opposition fighters claimed they had made advances in Brega. The oil port town east of Tripoli has been the scene of a series of recent clashes with pro-Gadhafi forces.  

Also Sunday, Reuters news agency quotes opposition fighters as saying they are battling for control of the town of Gharyan, about 80 kilometers south of Tripoli.  Rebels and pro-government forces have been fighting near the town for several days.

Opposition fighters backed by NATO airstrikes have been pushing since February to gain control of the capital in their bid to unseat Mr. Gadhafi.

You May Like

Analysts Warn of Regional Proxy Conflict in Afghanistan

Analysts warn if Kabul’s neighbors do not start to cooperate, competing desires for influence could deteriorate into a bloody proxy war in the country More

Saudi Intelligence Chief Replaced

Bandar bin Sultan came under criticism for supporting al Qaida, prompting King Abdallah to wrest Syria operations away from him in February, handing them to Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef More

Poetry Magazine editor Don Share talks what makes a good poem with VOA's David Byrd

What makes a good poem? And is poetry as viable an art form as it once was? To find out, VOA's David Byrd spoke to Don Share, the editor of Poetry Magazine. More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Google Buys Drone Companyi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
George Putic
April 15, 2014
In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

Singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville has released a new CD called “Easy Gone” with music that reflects his musical and personal journey from French-speaking Canada to his current home in Austin,Texas. The eclectic artist’s fan base extends from Texas to various parts of North America and Europe. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin.
Video

Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
Video

Video Passover Celebrates Liberation from Bondage

Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. According to scripture, God helped the Jews, led by Moses, escape bondage in Egypt and cross the Red Sea into the desert. Zlatica Hoke reports that the story of the Jewish Exodus resonates with other people trying to escape slave-like conditions.
Video

Video Police Pursue Hate Crime Charges Against Kansas Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead. A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, he was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
Video

Video In Eastern Ukraine, Pro-unity Activists Emerge from Shadows

Amid the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine, there is a large body of activists who support Ukrainian unity and reject Russian intervention. Their activities have remained largely underground, but they are preparing to take on their pro-Moscow opponents, as Henry Ridgwell reports from the eastern city of Donetsk.
Video

Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.
Video

Video UN Report Urges Speedier Action to Avoid Climate Disaster

A new United Nations report says the world must switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to control the effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report (Sunday) following a meeting of scientists and government representatives in Berlin. The comprehensive review follows two recent IPCC reports that detail the certainty of climate change, its impacts and in this most recent report what to do about it. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.
AppleAndroid