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00:19 Misratah News Group on Facebook have reported that NATO fighter jets are flying over the city right now
00:12 Al Arabiya NATO fighter jets have just bombed Gaddafi’s forces between Brega and Ras Lanouf
19:48 World Food Programme A WFP humanitarian vessel reached the port of Misrata today, providing some relief to the citizens. The ship carried food, medical supplies, doctors and other relief items. Read more here.
18:56 BBC Revolutionaries in Benghazi say that the air strike that killed a number of them earlier today may not have come from a NATO air plane after all. They say it might have been a Gaddafi plane small enough to be picked up on radar.
17:35 Reuters US General Carter Ham told the US senate that he believed there was a stalemate emerging between Gaddafi forces and the opposition. He also added that he considers it unlikely that revolutionaries will be able to fight their way to Tripoli to replace Gaddafi.
17:22 Reporters Without Borders also reports 26 journalists were today expelled by the Libyan government ‘on the grounds that their visas had expired’.
16:56 Reuters People in Misrata are crammed five families to a house in the few safe districts to try and escape mortars raining down from government forces, an opposition spokesman said. They are attacking houses and civilian areas, even a cemetery. Residents say they and thousands of migrant workers stranded there face shortages of basic foodstuffs, a lack of medical supplies and have only sporadic water and electricity. Read more.
16:55 Reporters Without Borders say that two US journalists, one Spanish and one South African journalist have gone missing in Libya.
15:41 The Telegraph Aid from Norway for humanitarian relief will be boosted to 10.2million euros, according to the country’s Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg.
15:38 Reuters David Cohen, the US Treasury’s acting undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said a substantial additional amount of Gaddafi regime assets have been frozen in Europe, although it’s probably less than the $34 billion under US jurisdiction.
Read more: http://www.thehotjoints.com/2011/03/01/us-treasury-blocks-record-30bn-of-libya-assets/#ixzz1IqigZ2gT
13:19 CNN At least five people were killed in an airstrike on an opposition convoy near the Libyan town of al-Brega on Thursday, hospital officials in Ajdabiya told CNN’s Ben Wedeman. It is unclear whether the aircraft was from NATO or forces fighting on behalf of Moammar Gadhafi.
12:13 Reuters Gaddafi forces bombarded Misrata’s opposition-held port, forcing it to close temporarily.
12:05 Reuters & Al Arabiya Tripoli residents say that blasts can be heard in the city as warplanes fly over. “There was a plane flying around in the sky, then there were two explosions … the second one was strong,” said the resident, who was watching from the roof of his building. He said the explosions happened at about 11:30 am local time.
11:49 The Telegraph An oil industry source in Dubai told the Associated Press that a Liberian-flagged tanker has left the eastern port of Tobruk. It is headed either for China or Singapore.
11:41 The Telegraph According to comments editor Adrian Hamilton of the Independent, the CIA is increasing its operations on the ground while reducing its air defence role: “The CIA is coming back into its own, as is the State Department. What else is General Khalefa Heftar, brought over from US exile to put some discipline into the rebel fighters, but Washington’s man? Who is wielding the greatest influence (to the fury of the French) over the Tunisian and Egyptian armies currently in charge of their countries but the Pentagon and the US intelligence? Even more so in the Yemen, where Washington is trying to effect an acceptable takeover from President Ali Abdullah Saleh. We’re back to the old days of the Cold War. Whether the inhabitants of the countries will be quite so pleased is another question.”
11:39 Reuters An oil official in east Libya said on Thursday that it was forces loyal to Gaddafi that attacked the Sarir oil field. He denied that it was hit by a British air strike. A spokesman for the opposition based in Benghazi, Mustafa Gheriani, said: “I think it’s silly to think the British would do that. It has Mr. Gaddafi’s signature all over it.”
10:44 Reuters Former Libyan energy minister Omar Fathi bin Shatwan has escaped to Malta from the besieged Libyan town of Misrata, the Maltese Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. He arrived in Malta on a small trawler on Friday, but his presence was kept secret, the ministry said.
02:08 The Telegraph A mercenary from Belarus has spoken of getting paid £1,900 a month to help Col Muammar Gaddafi’s forces fight against the rebels and said there were “several hundred” of his compatriots doing the same thing.
01:39 CBS News Former congressman Curt Weldon is expected to meet with Muammar Qaddafi in Libya sometime this week, and says he plans to ask the embattled leader to step aside.