News / Africa

Libyan Rebels Battle for Control of Supply Route

Rebel supporters burn copies of Gadhafi's 'Green Book' in the main square of the Qasr Bin Ghashir district in Tripoli, Libya, August 27, 2011
Rebel supporters burn copies of Gadhafi's 'Green Book' in the main square of the Qasr Bin Ghashir district in Tripoli, Libya, August 27, 2011

Libyan rebels say they have gained control of a key border post near Tunisia, but are still fighting for control of the western city of Zuwarah.

Opposition fighters faced stiff resistance Saturday from forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi in their efforts to advance into Zuwarah.  A major supply route to Tripoli crosses Zuwarah.  The coastal city is about 50 kilometers from the Tunisian border.

On Friday, rebels seized Ras Adjir, a border post along the same route.

Many Libyans living in the capital have no electricity or running water.  Transitional National Council (TNC) spokesman Mahmoud Shammam said Saturday the opposition group hoped to make the "difficult period" for Tripoli residents as short as possible.

Meanwhile, NATO warplanes pounded a large bunker in Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte on Friday.  Libya's leader has dropped out of sight since rebel fighters seized Tripoli; Sirte is considered one place where he may be hiding.

British warplanes fired precision-guided missiles at the Sirte bunker complex. British Defense Secretary Liam Fox said NATO was not specifically targeting Gadhafi, but that the airstrikes are intended to make sure that the country's long-time ruler and his forces can no longer continue "waging war."

TNC leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said Saturday that rebels have no "factual" reports on the whereabouts of Gadhafi or his sons.

At the U.N. headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that African, Arab and European organizations have agreed that the turmoil in Libya has entered "a new and decisive phase.''  

Ban said the international community is ready to send a police force into Libya - if requested - because the country is "awash in small arms."

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

You May Like

China Investigates Former Powerful Security Chief

Former security chief and member of Politburo Standing Committee, Zhou Yongkang, under investigation for suspected 'serious disciplinary violation' More

India, US Look to Reset Ties During Kerry Visit

This week's talks will be first high level interaction between two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge More

Video Young African Leadership Program Renamed to Honor Mandela

YALI program, launched by President Obama in 2010, aims to build skills in business, entrepreneurship, public management and civic leadership 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.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid