Almanara Media has posted a comprehensive update from Az Zawiya. We have translated it for you and hope that it will illustrate what the city has been going through over the past period since its recapture by Gaddafi’s forces
May Peace, Blessings and Mercy Be upon you
In a call I had with some of the freedom fighters in the city of Az Zawiya, they told me what they have from information regarding the latest events in the city. The city has been overrun with troops from Gaddafi’s battalions, most of them are foreign mercenaries and some Libyans also. In every street there are tens of them, some above buildings and roofs of houses which have become empty from their residents.
The northern area of the city is near empty of residents. The majority of them fled southwards after their houses were shelled by Gaddafi’s tanks and rocket launchers. Houses are deserted and have been broken into, looted and robbed by Gaddafi’s mercenaries. Many of the stores and shops have been burned and looted also.
Anyone who goes outside from the youth is either killed or kidnapped to an unknown location. The number of people kidnapped has exceeded 3000 and the martyrs 500 so far. Killings, rapes and transgression, I swear the situation does not require any exaggeration.
The city of Az Zawiya has been destroyed and its residents live in a state of fear, horror, murder and kidnappings. Basic food supplies are near non-existant, children’s milk is not available at all. The youth and elderly are being kidnapped and even women have not been spared from this. The number of kidnapped and missing women has reached 88 so far. I swear by God that the martyrs are being buried in people’s back gardens/yards.
There are many many reports which illustrate Az Zawiya’s painful and terrible situation. No food supplies are permitted to enter the city and checkpoints are extremely thorough. Gaddafi wants to cleanse Az Zawiya from its free and liberated citizens, and despite all this, the revolution is still ongoing in the city. There are nightly attack by the freedom fighters even though their ammunition is limited and mercenaries are present on mass. The freedom fighters have not stopped struggling and defending their city, even if it means their operations are small.
We are awaiting for the Transitional National council to put pressure on NATO so that it can perform air strikes on Gaddafi’s forces in Az Zawiya so that the revolutionaries can control it once more. The revolutionaries are in a ready state and only ask for Gaddafi’s forces to be bombed.
The council needs to make it clear to the media and press what the city of Az Zawiya is going through. What has been mentioned is only some of what is happening in the city, and may Libya live free forever. Freedom is coming soon by the will of God.