News / Africa

Libya Analyst: Rebels ‘Emboldened’ by Apparent Victory

A rebel holds his ears as a bomb launched by a Libyan air force jet loyal to Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi explodes in the desert near Brega, March 2, 2011
A rebel holds his ears as a bomb launched by a Libyan air force jet loyal to Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi explodes in the desert near Brega, March 2, 2011

Multimedia

Audio
  • Clottey interview with Claude Salhani, official of G-Risk, an international risk assessment organization

Peter Clottey

An official of G-Risk, an international risk assessment organization, says Libya’s anti-government protesters have been psychologically emboldened after the group fought off an attempt by forces loyal to embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi to reclaim Brega, an oil town in the eastern part of the country.

Claude Salhani says, despite the anti-government protesters’ victory, the international community is unlikely to provide them with precision bombs or implement a “no-fly zone” that would serve as a deterrent to the forces loyal to Gadhafi.

“It gives them a lot of encouragement to keep going. It’s a major victory for them; it shows that they are on the right track, and it motivates and re-energizes them. They need every little bit they can get to keep going in the face of the ongoing onslaught put up on them by Gadhafi,” said Salhani.

In several interviews, the anti-government protesters have asked the international community for precision bombs, as well as a no-fly zone, to prevent efforts by Gadhafi loyalists to attack or retake parts of the country in their control.

“Before a no-fly zone can be put into place, you will need a U.N. Security Council resolution and that resolution will never be approved by China and or Russia, for the simple reason that they don’t want to set a precedent of giving NATO or the United States and its NATO allies the green light to intervene anywhere in the world and become world policemen. They might be on the receiving end one day and that’s the main reason they will reject that,” said Salhani.

Libyan rebels clashed with pro-government forces in eastern Libya Wednesday. The fighting included ground clashes and airstrikes by Libyan military planes.

Witnesses said pro-Gadhafi forces stormed into Brega on the Gulf of Sirte and briefly seized its oil installations and an airstrip. Opposition fighters say they recaptured the sites. Later, Western media reported loud booms that they linked to at least two bombings from Libyan aircraft.

Salhani says there are strong indications the anti-government protesters would not accept any attempts by the Libyan regime to hold negotiations with them to end the fighting.

“How do you negotiate with a regime like that since it’s out to kill you? He [Gadhafi] said it very clearly that ‘I rule you, or I kill you.’ How do you negotiate with someone like that? I don’t see him sitting down face to face with his opponents. He will kill them, or they will kill him,” he said.

Gadhafi delivered a televised speech Wednesday to supporters in Tripoli saying he could not resign because he holds no political office in a system that, he said, puts all power in the hands of the people.

However, protesters in the rebel-controlled eastern city of Benghazi called for Gadhafi's resignation. They chanted anti-Gadhafi slogans as they burned copies of his “Green Book.” Libya has no formal constitution, but Gadhafi often refers to the publication, which outlines his political and economic philosophy for the country.

You May Like

US Investors Eye IPO for China's Alibaba

E-commerce giant handled 80 percent of China's online business last year, logging more Internet transactions than US-based Amazon.com and eBay combined More

Video Uneasy Calm Settles Over Israel, Gaza Strip

As cease-fire begins, Palestinians celebrate in streets; Israelis remain wary More

Video Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implant

In treatment of a 12-year-old boy Chinese doctors used a 3-D printer and special software to create an exact replica of vertebra 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.
Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implanti
X
August 27, 2014 4:53 PM
A Chinese boy suffering from a debilitating bone disease has become the first patient with a part of his spine created in a three-dimensional printer. Doctors say he will soon regain normal mobility. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implant

A Chinese boy suffering from a debilitating bone disease has become the first patient with a part of his spine created in a three-dimensional printer. Doctors say he will soon regain normal mobility. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Uneasy Calm Settles Over Israel, Gaza Strip

Israel and the Gaza Strip have been calm since a cease-fire set in Tuesday evening, ending seven weeks of hostilities. Hamas, which controls Gaza, declared victory. Israelis were more wart. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jerusalem.
Video

Video India’s Leprosy Battle Stymied by Continuing Stigma

Medical advancements in the treatment of leprosy have greatly diminished its impact around the world, largely eliminating the disease from most countries. India made great strides in combating leprosy, but still accounts for a majority of the world’s new cases each year, and the number of newly infected Indians is rising - more than 130,000 recorded last year. Doctors there say the problem has more to do with society than science. VOA News reports from Kolkata.
Video

Video Northern California Quake: No Way to Know When Next One Will Hit

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked northern California’s Napa Valley on Sunday. Roads twisted and water mains burst. It was the wine country’s most severe quake in 15 years, and while hospitals treated many people, no one was killed. Arash Arabasadi has more from Washington on what the future may hold for those residents living on a fault line.
Video

Video Scientists Unlock Mystery of Bird Flocks

How can flocks of birds, schools of fish or herds of antelope suddenly change direction -- all the individuals adjusting their movement in concert, at seemingly the same time? British researchers now have some insights into this behavior, which has puzzled scientists for a long time. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video Ukraine: Captured Troops Proof of Russian Role in Separatist Fight

Ukrainian officials say they have captured Russian soldiers on Ukrainian territory -- the latest accusation of Moscow's involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the Ukrainian side of the battle, where soldiers are convinced of Russia's role.
Video

Video Rubber May Soon Come From Dandelions

Synthetic rubber has been around for more than a century, but quality tires for cars, trucks and aircraft still need up to 40 percent or more natural rubber content. As the source of natural rubber, the rubber tree, is prone to disease and can be affected by bad weather. So scientists are looking for replacements. And as VOA’s George Putic reports, they may have found one in a ubiquitous weed.
Video

Video Jewish Life in Argentina Reflected in Yiddish Tango

Jewish people from across Europe and Russia have been immigrating to Argentina for hundreds of years. They brought with them dance music that were eventually mixed with Argentine tango. The result is Yiddish tango -- a fusion of melodies and cultural experiences that is still evolving today. Elizabeth Lee reports from the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, where one band is bringing Yiddish tango to an American audience.

AppleAndroid