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11:26 Reuters The Libyan regime has appointed deputy foreign minister Abdelati Obeidi as its new foreign minister to replace Moussa Koussa, a senior government official said on Tuesday.
22:00 Almanara Media source has reported that no less than 50 fuel tankers gathered in the area of As Sakheera in Tunisia preparing to enter Libya.
21:19 Al Jazeera Arabic Major General AbdulFattah Younis, leader of the Libyan Liberation Army has given a press conference, amongst the points he mentioned were:
- The UN allowed NATO to fly over our heads but it isn’t doing its job properly
- NATO requested the revolutionaries not to use their fighter jets and gunships
- Troops are fighting in an organised fashion and we are sending more to Brega
- The oil fields are being protected by soldiers on a continuous basis
- Damages to oil fields caused by Gaddafi’s forces can be fixed in a matter of days
19:00 NATO Coalition aircraft launched 14 strikes in Misrata on Monday, a number of them targetting air defence systems, tanks and armoured vehicles in the area around the city.
18:58 Reuters A US envoy has arrived in Benghazi to get to know the opposition and establish better ties with them. They will also discuss how the US might help meet its financial needs. Read more here.
18:32 Al Jazeera Jordanian fighter jets are operating out of a European airbase to protect Jordanian transport aircraft that are delivering humanitarian assistance to the opposition in eastern parts of Libya.
18:36 Al Jazeera Arabic The people of Benghazi are demonstrating against allowing a Turkish ship carrying humanitarian aid from entering the city’s port. They are protesting against Turkey’s position on arming the revolutionaries.
18:25 United Nations The UN has nearly doubled it’s appeal for Libya to $310 million, a spokesperson for the UN office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (OCHA) said. The money will be used to provide relief to over 1.5 million people affected by the conflict. OCHA has received 70% of the $160 million it first appealed for. The International Organisation for Migration also asked for more funding, since it has no more money for humanitarian evacuations from Egypt and Tunisia.
18:24 Al Jazeera Arabic The revolutionaries are performing a full scale counter attack on Gaddafi’s forces stationed in the area of Alarbabeen in Brega
16:47 Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent has reported that the defected 36th “AsSaiqa” battalion is attacking from the south of Brega in the desert. They are currently launching a heavy attack against Gaddafi’s forces using Grad missiles. They have managed to push west once more towards the area of Arbaeen which has caused Gaddafi’s forces to retreat.
It is difficult to verify casualties right now, but four shells landed directly in an area where revolutionaries were congregated earlier. Ambulances were seen rushing to that area and they have not come back since
15:00 NATO NATO’s Chief of Allied Operations Brigadier General Van Uhm says that Misrata is the new priority for NATO operations. They have confirmation that tanks are being dispersed and hidden and that human shields are being used. Gaddafi’s forces have changed their tactics in response to the air strikes.
15:59 Al Jazeera English Denmark and Norway have expressed their support for an open-ended military campaign against Gaddafi, while all five Nordic nations have called for him to immediately step down. Lene Espersen, the Danish foreign minister, said her country would will “stay there for as long as it takes to protect civilians”, and that Denmark would be willing to send ships to enforce an arms embargo.
15:15 Reuters Revolutionaries fled up to 20km eastwards under heavy rocket fire from Gaddafi’s troops. This is the largest retreat they have made in several days. They say the air strikes have become less effective since NATO took over. Read more here.
15:00 NATO Senior NATO staff officer Brigadier General Van Uhm told a news briefing that air strikes have destroyed nearly a third of Gaddafi’s military power. He also said the most recent targets had been armoured vehicles and tanks in Misrata, a firing rocket launcher in Brega and ammo storage facilities elsewhere. Several different nations were involved in these strikes.
14:06 Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent near Brega has reported that Gaddafi’s forces have pushed the volunteers from the revolutionaries 30km east back towards Ajdabiya. They seem to have received reinforcements as they have started to heavily bombard the revolutionaries with rockets once more. Their artillery fire is reaching big distances, and even as the media team was retreating, rockets were still falling nearby.
Earlier today, 2 Gaddafi scout cars came near where the revolutionaries were stationed, and both cars were destroyed completely. In another incident, revolutionary pickup trucks received direct hits from Gaddafi rockets.
The battle is still ongoing and though the volunteers have retreated, the trained soldiers headed by AbdulFattah Younis are still in the front lines and have been bombarding Gaddafi’s forces for 3 hours straight with Grad missiles and rockets. Gaddafi’s forces suffered large losses near the University of AnNajm as Sati in Brega yesterday but they have changed their fighting tactics and seem more equipped today
12:03 Reuters A Libyan-owned ship carrying imported petrol has docked at the regime-controlled port of Zawiyah to relieve fuel shortage, a government official has said. They did not say where the ship had come from, or how the vessel had been able to get through a cordon of NATO warships which is patrolling Libya’s coast to help enforce international sanctions.
10:56 Reuters An air strike destroyed two government military vehicles on Tuesday in the east Libyan oil town of Brega, according to a revolutionary army officer.
DIRECT from Misratah Wefaq Media confirms that the city witnessed the death of 5 martyrs and 24 injuries today
01:42 Al Jazeera English Maltese Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi told Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Abdelati Obeidi that Gaddafi and his family must relinquish power. Obeidi was in Malta following talks with government officials in Greece and Turkey on ways to end the Libyan conflict.
“The Prime Minister reiterated the Maltese government’s position that the resolutions of the United Nations must be respected, that the Gaddafi government must step down, that Colonel Gaddafi and his family should leave and there should be an immediate ceasefire and a process to enable the Libyan people to make its democratic choices,” the government said in a statement.
01:38 Reuters Britain misjudged the risk that arms it authorised for export to some countries in the Middle East and North Africa including Libya might be used against protesters, a parliamentary panel said on Tuesday.
In a report, the Committees on Arms Export Controls recommended the government extend its review of arms export licences to all authoritarian governments worldwide.
“Both the present government and its predecessor misjudged the risk that arms approved for export to certain authoritarian countries in North Africa and the Middle East might be used for internal repression,” the report said.