Air raids continue over Libya

Warfare in Libya. Credit: B.R.Q

By Edoardo Zandona’

Several air raids were conducted last night by the coalition forces over Libyan cities. In Adjabiyah, French planes destroyed an artillery battery belonging to Gaddafi’s army and British Tornadoes threw missiles on Libyan tanks. Residents reported other air raids in Tripoli and Sirte, followed by distant explosions and anti-aircraft gunfire, that also hit the Colonel’s bunker-residence in Bab al-Aziziya.

Meanwhile, clashes between Gaddafi’s and rebel forces continue in the town of Misrata.

British and French government announced today they are ready to work on a ‘political and diplomatic solution’ for the Libya crisis. This decision arrived after NATO said it will take over Libya’s no-fly zone, and it is ready to assume ‘broader responsibility’. The Alliance said their plan is to accomplish the ‘Odyssey Dawn’ mission in 90 days, but may be extended or shortened. NATO has already managed to involve the first Arab country in the conflict with the United Arab Emirates ready to send 12 planes to enforce the no-fly zone.

A rebel spokesman, Mustafa Geriani, stated that at least 8,000 people are dead since the beginning of the anti-Gaddafi revolts and that he is grateful to the coalition for the air strikes. “They are strikes for humanitarian reasons”, he told the BBC.

Pete Cannell, head of the Edinburgh chapter of the Stop The War organization, spoke to Edinburgh Napier News: “Many Libyans I spoke to, were skeptical about a Western intervention at first. But as the tension and the killings increased in the country, perhaps it remained the only option”. If he agrees on the necessity of taking action, Mr Cannell criticizes the methods and motivations of western intervention: “There are underlying motivations for this attack. The objective is to maintain the status quo in the region, and perhaps the outcome will just be the rise of a new Gaddafi. Plus, the coalition forces are using atomic missiles and uraniums. That is surely not going to save civilian lives”.