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11:45pm@Niz_FGM tweets: 2/7/11 – Verified info from members of FGMovement – Khaled AlKhweldi has been shot in the leg at Ber Ghanem
10:15pm: In eastern Libya rebel forces say they will soon make their final push towards the oil port town of Brega. What they say doesn’t reflect the reality on the ground. There are no signs of an offensive being planned. There has been a military stalemate on the eastern front for months now. Rebels aren’t able to advance towards the west
9:46pm: Efforts to pressure Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi out of power are succeeding, and there will not be stability in Libya until he steps down, U.S. national security adviser Tom Donilon. We have put together a broad, comprehensive set of pressure efforts to see him — to pressure him to step down. I think those efforts are succeeding,” he said. “There’s almost an inevitability here, I think. There is an inevitability here building as to what the ultimate result will be.”
9:39pm:@EndTyranny101 tweets: Breaking: #Zawia: clashes between #FF & #Gaddafi forces..FF manged to kill 9 of Gaddafi forces and destroy an APC #Libya #Feb17
9:15pm: British Apache helicopters have targeted a military base being used by Col Gaddafi’s forces to terrorise local people, the Ministry of Defence announced. It said the aircraft hit the Al Mayah military camp near Az Zawiyah. MoD spokesman Major General Nick Pope said: “The camp has been used by regime forces as a base from which to terrorise the local population. ”In a single mission before midnight, UK Apaches used Hellfire missiles and cannons to destroy or disable a command and control vehicle, a bunker firing position and three main battle tanks.”
9:00pm: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped up Western calls on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to quit on Saturday, brushing off his threat to attack Europeans in their homes and offices. “Instead of issuing threats, Gaddafi should put the well-being and the interests of his own people first and he should step down from power and help facilitate a democratic transition,” Clinton told reporters on a trip to Spain.
8:55pm:@adamschreck tweets:The international media presence is shrinking in Tripoli. Several cos. pulled staff out today, no replacements in sight.
8:42pm: Col. Ahmed Bani, an opposition spokesman, said Saturday that opposition fighters have pulled back in some parts of the west, in what he described as a “strategic retreat,” but said they would go on the offensive again in the coming days. Asked about the NATO attacks in the area, he said they have been helpful to the opposition, but did not elaborate
8:30pm: NATO said Saturday it has begun ramping up its airstrikes on military targets in the western part of Libya. NATO’s comments about its latest airstrikes suggest the alliance is hoping to tip the balance further in the rebels’ favor despite threats by Gadhafi to carry out attacks in Europe unless the airstrikes stop.
The coalition said it has destroyed more than 50 military targets in the west this week. It says it is targeting government forces in cities and along “major lines of communication.”
7:47pm: In Nalut and other areas, the mission observed limited power and water supplies and heard accounts from the local community of dwindling food supplies, lack of cash, jobs and functioning markets. “Food needs for the Nafusa mountains remain serious,” said Ussama Osman of WFP. “The vast majority of the affected population now relies on food assistance,” he said, adding that WFP will continue to provide food aid to those who need it most in the area.
7:41pm: “The humanitarian situation in the Nafusa mountains remains a top concern,” Panos Moumtzis, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya. “It remains imperative for UN humanitarian organisations to have continued access to the Nafusa mountains to conduct in-depth assessment missions to accurately and impartially determine the needs of the affected population and respond accordingly,”
7:37pm:@libyanfsl tweets:Egyptian court decides to close Gaddafi TV stations effective Monday 11July, why the wait ?? #Feb17 #Libya
7:35pm: Humanitarian needs in the Nafusa mountains in western Libya remain critical, United Nations agencies reported Friday at the end of their first mission to the area, where they made an assessment of safety and access to civilians who require emergency assistance.UNICEF voiced concern over the humanitarian situation facing children in the Nafusa mountains, particularly health, access to clean water, protection and education. The agency said it will ensure that a vaccination campaign is carried out.
7:26pm: Libyan rebels said on Saturday they were gearing up for a new advance on Tripoli from the southwest in the next two days after their forces were pushed back by government troops earlier this week. “(It) was obviously a strategic withdrawal because of the battlefield situation and the amount of bombardment that the revolutionary forces were receiving,” said Ahmed Bani, a rebel military spokesman.
7:22pm: Officials overseeing the no-fly zone enforced by Nato over Libya said the Sudanese move north of border had not encountered resistance from troops loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi. Officials said control of the town of Kufra and nearby military base granted the Sudanese a key strategic foothold between the regime and the opposition Transitional National Council (TNC) which holds the eastern seaboard and a series of rebel enclaves
6:39pm: The African Union is calling on member states to disregard the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court against Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi. The AU says the warrant against the Libyan leader “seriously complicates efforts to find a solution to the Libyan crisis.” The body recommended late Friday that African nations that are ICC signatories do not honour the warrant if the Libyan leader visits their country.
6:20pm: The conflict in Libya has cost Niger billions in lost revenues from taxes on trade and stemmed the flow of remittances from over 200,000 migrants who have been forced to return home. Analysts say the flow of weapons from Libya’s war into the region has deepened security fears that have already hit Niger’s tourism industry.
AU leaders on Friday offered to host immediate talks between the two Libyan sides on a ceasefire and a process of transition towards a democratic government, but left open the question over Gaddafi’s future role in the country.
“We understood that the spirit of the document is that Gaddafi will not have a role to play in the future of Libya,” Mansour Sayf al Nasr, the rebel’s representative for France, told reporters at the summit in Equatorial Guinea. Gaddafi’s officials have yet to react publicly to the plan.
12:00pm: Yesterday, the Sudanese army has seized a town in southern Libya of Kufra that is the gateway to oilfields crucial to rebel hopes of establishing financial independence. Officials overseeing the no-fly zone enforced by Nato over Libya said the Sudanese move north of border had not encountered resistance from troops loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi.
Reports today say Kufra is now safe and free.
9:00am: A South African law firm that says it representes Muammar Gaddafi claims that the International Criminal Court has no jurisdiction in Libya, and hence the arrest warrants it has issued are irrelevant.
“The Libyan Arab Jamahiriya never signed or ratified the international treaty establishing the International Criminal Court,” said a statement from the Langa Attorneys in Johannesburg and Rome.
“It is clear that the ICC has no jurisdiction on the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and that the immunity of the Head of State, provided by international customary law, applies to Colonel Gaddafi,” it said.
“By issuing the warrants of arrest the ICC has complacently misled the world about its penchant to take the law into its own hands as the ICC has no jurisdiction over Libya [...] Now that the ICC has issued its illegitimate warrants, we expect NATO to stop their bombings and to also abandon its threat to kill Colonel Gaddafi and allow the ICC disputed process to take course.”
8:00am: African Union leaders offered on Friday to host talks between the Libyan government and rebels on a ceasefire and transition to democratic government, but left open whether there was any future role for Muammar Gaddafi.
The proposal was presented to representatives of Gaddafi and rebels attending a summit of the 53-nation grouping in the central African state of Equatorial Guinea.
“We will very soon launch talks in Addis,” South African President Jacob Zuma told reporters, referring to the Ethiopian capital where the AU is headquartered.
There was no immediate reaction from either side to the offer, which according to a copy seen by Reuters, would aim to establish “a consensual and inclusive transition” via an interim government and elections.