May 14th Updates

New York: London: Tripoli:

twitter19:03 Jomana Karadsheh, CNN reporter in Tripoli tweets: “Explosion heard in Tripoli shortly before 7 local after NATO jets heard overhead.”

NATO13:32 NATO On May 13th, NATO aircraft flew 148 sorties, 44 of which were intended as strike sorties. Some of the key targets included: In Tripoli: 1 Command & Control Node. In the vicinity of Tripoli: 2 Surface-To-Air Missile Launchers, 20 Armoured vehicle storage buildings. In the vicinity of Misratah: 1 Armoured Personnel Carrier, 4 Military Trucks. In the vicinity of Al Qaryat: 4 Ammo Storages. In the vicinity of Zintan: 1 Military Vehicle. In the vicinity of Brega: 2 Tanks.

Sky News13:15 Sky News A Dutch engineer who built the bunker in Brega in 1988 confirms that the coordinates match the site of the NATO air strike. The engineer says that a guesthouse was built next to the bunker and another one on top of it. This backs up NATO’s claims of targeting a command and control centre.

Reuters13:23 Reuters Eight boats carrying some 1,300 migrants arrived in Lampedusa in the past 24 hours. More than 35,000 immigrants have reached Italy so far. Thousands have been shipped to reception centres on the mainland since Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi pledged at the end of March to clear Lampedusa, but the overloaded boats continue to arrive.

BBC10:00 BBC The US has not recognized the Libyan National Transitional Council, the White House said in a statement. The council’s Mahmoud Jibril was on a visit to the White House to push for international support.

Reuters09:00 Reuters NATO stated that the airstrike on Brega yesterday was directed at a “command and control bunker”. The Libyan government said that 11 people were killed and 45 wounded. “We are aware of allegations of civilian casualties in connection to this strike, and although we cannot independently confirm the validity of the claim, we regret any loss of life by innocent civilians when they occur,” NATO said in a statement. The Libyan government claimed those killed in the attack were clerics.

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6 Responses to May 14th Updates

  1. Gtr says:

    Then there are probably thousands of clerics in Brega, most of them heavily armed…

  2. flyonthewally says:

    It seems the “Clerics” in Brega wear Army fatigues also ?
    hmmm.. new dress fad for the Gaddafi religious leaders.

  3. tawanchai xoomsai says:

    Why are so many clerics still in Brega? Photos of those claimed killed by NATO strikes would be good to see, since we are in the midst of a disinformation war here.

  4. canuck says:

    since Russia and China are not in favour of violince to protect civilians why can’t they help the refugrees in small boats trying to escape the violance and oppression?? why is it always the “west” being called upon to help out and protect? why is it that the “west” is often considered wrong no matter what it tries to do? Im all for helping out and protecting innocent people but the rest of the world must also step up and do it’s share. if we all help a little we can endup helping everyone..

    • Gtr says:

      Maybe because ”the West” stands for democracy, and therefore they are hated by powers that are opposed to personal freedom and democracy (China, Russia, extremist groups…).
      And because they are totalitarian, they’ve always been in control of the media and use it to influence opinion. Arab dictators have always used spitting on Israel, America, the West, distracting from their own failures and evil, but this generation can see trough their old rhetoric, because they are so much better informed than earlier generations. (Thank you internet. Why are you cut of in Libya?)

      “You can keep a lot of people stupid for a long time. You can keep sóme people stupid forever but you can’t keep a whole country stupid forever.”

      And now they know there’s a chance for a better life, in a more free and open society, and when they smelled the opportunity they rose to the occasion and grabbed it with both hands.
      And there is no way back.

      • ankhwashitaw says:

        “You can keep a lot of people stupid for a long time. You can keep sóme people stupid forever but you can’t keep a whole country stupid forever.” ect……….

        you’re steaing my hustle, I’m impressed…..you left out one thing…………………

        As the wind wafts the subtle scent of death through the desert night, as the normally soothing sounds of a mediterranean evening are interrupted by the distant echoes of torture and other brash indignities heaped upon those in the throes of death, as children weep for parents and older sibings who will never return; There is a knawing sleeplessness that permeates the ranks of the lovers of freedom….It whispers early on, and crescendos through the night into the mind numbing cacaphony of the ever present call for freedom that all the world can’t help but hear. ………..HAVE YOU KILLED YOUR GADDAFFI SOLDIER TODAY!