Video: Interview from Zintan, humanitarian disaster

With thanks to Libya Al Hurra TV.

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13 Responses to Video: Interview from Zintan, humanitarian disaster

  1. Fredy says:

    If the Nafusa mountain fighters are calling for help and their pleas for support are not being heard the regime forces might take over the mountain area.

    They need to refrigerate their food. They also need to power their hospital. They don’t have enough fuel for their power generators to replace electricity.

    There are a lot of families running away to the Tunisian border but they are not allowed to enter the country without a Libyan passport.

    • David says:

      People are running away from rebels because they are constantly terrorizing population, NATO is protecting rebels it will do nothing for civilians.

        • David says:

          Your rebels are scum and liars.

          Rebels are liars, today they acknowledged that it is them attacking Yafran and not Libyan army. Rebels only control Nalut and Zintan and this will not last long.

          And they were speaking about hospital being attacked in Yafran for weeks, what a scum.

          Reuters:On Saturday, Juma Ibrahim, a rebel spokesman in Zintan, said the western town of Yafran remained under Gaddafi loyalist control but added that insurgents had attacked pro-Gaddafi forces in al-Kiklah, 15 km (nine miles) east of Yafran.

          “Three revolutionaries were killed in the battles,” he said. “The revolutionaries destroyed several military vehicles including personnel carriers and artillery batteries. Thirty Gaddafi soldiers and two officers were held hostage.”

          They take fellow Libyans hostages ie threatening to kill them if they are attacked, prisoner execution and hostage taking is a war crime.

          People who have no dignity will never win against there own people, wait and see them crashed by Libyan citizens.

          • WEB says:

            Your rebels are scum and liars.

            It doesn’t bother you at all that you call other people scum and liars while being scum and a liar yourself?

          • David says:

            Unlike you, when I call them liars and scum I provide evidences.

          • WEB says:

            No you don’t. You’ve provided no evidence. I provide evidence and the admin provides evidence.

  2. David says:

    Rebels are liars, today they acknowledged that it is them attacking Yafran and not Libyan army. Rebels only control Nalut and Zintan and this will not last long.

    And they were speaking about hospital being attacked in Yafran for weeks, what a scum.

    Reuters:On Saturday, Juma Ibrahim, a rebel spokesman in Zintan, said the western town of Yafran remained under Gaddafi loyalist control but added that insurgents had attacked pro-Gaddafi forces in al-Kiklah, 15 km (nine miles) east of Yafran.

    “Three revolutionaries were killed in the battles,” he said. “The revolutionaries destroyed several military vehicles including personnel carriers and artillery batteries. Thirty Gaddafi soldiers and two officers were held hostage.”

    Jadu, Tiji and many other cities and villages are continuing to stand against rebels as well, people close entrances at night with heavy trucks and large stones for criminals not to enter.

    Heroic resistance of citizens:
    (Reuters) – The rebels said it would be easy: roll in, block the road, raise the flag — another village under their writ in Libya’s Western Mountains.

    The villagers are with us, the rebels said of their fellow Berbers — an ethnic minority that rose up against Muammar Gaddafi at the very start of the rebellion in February.

    “Only a few support Gaddafi, maybe five or six,” said Omar, commander of the rebel unit from the nearby town of Kabaw.

    His call-sign was Rambo. But the operation, which began on Sunday afternoon with the rebels gathering over coffee at a roadside cafe, ended an hour later in angry confrontation, tense retreat and a lesson in the divided loyalties and half-truths of this particular theater of Libya’s conflict.

    “Only seven or eight people here don’t like Gaddafi,” Mohammed, a resident of Tamzin, quietly told a reporter.

    The truth probably lay somewhere in the middle, like Tamzin itself and dozens of other towns and villages wedged between the rebels who hold most of the plateau and forces loyal to Gaddafi mainly in the desert plains.

    The rebels control a road running more than 200 kilometers across the top of the mountain range from the border with Tunisia, the war’s western front.

    They wanted to close an adjoining artery that cuts through Tamzin and down the mountainside to a town where pro-Gaddafi forces and their artillery are positioned, some 20 kilometers further on.

    The road was a security threat, they said, and arrived heavily armed in a convoy of around a dozen pick-up trucks, young rebels wrapped in the flag of the uprising.

    “BLACK OR WHITE”

    The Berber of the Western Mountains were among the first to hoist the rebel colors, seeing a chance to reassert an identity denied them under Gaddafi.

    But the Kabaw rebels were met by angry, unarmed Tamzin villagers, who, though ethnic kin, also happen to shop in the Gaddafi-held town in the plains, which, unlike the choked plateau, has an open route for goods from Tripoli.

    “This is the main road for us,” said a man who gave his name as Ali. “Food comes through it. If you close it off, we’ll die here.”

    Others appeared offended by the rebels, with their mud-smeared trucks and casual weapons-handling. “Why are they coming to my town with guns?” asked Mohammed, who said he worked for an oil company in Tripoli.

    “There are families here. I like my life, I like Gaddafi.”

    A few of the Libyan leader’s green flags were flying from pylons. Rebels said the Tamzin villagers were scared of the pro-Gaddafi forces such a short distance away.

    But allegiances are not always easy to discern in the Western Mountains, with sometimes fatal consequences.

    When rebels in Zintan, at the far eastern edge of the rebel-held strip, tried to cut off a road used by pro-Gaddafi forces near the village of Ryayna earlier this month, a shooting match erupted in which at least six rebels died.

    A commander blamed Gaddafi army snipers, but other rebels spoke of a clash with pro-Gaddafi villagers of a different tribe, enraged by the intrusion. Ryayna’s loyalties remain the subject of much speculation in Zintan.

    It is a question that may weigh heavily on this region once the war is over and the winners hold the losers to account.

    The rebels said they would return to Tamzin within two days.

    “I told them, ‘You are either with Gaddafi or with the rebels’,” the commander, Omar, said after the retreat. “It’s black or white, no grey.”

    (Editing by Louise Ireland and Jan Harvey)
    Reuters 23 May

  3. Fredy says:

    Urban Dictionary: troll
    One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument.
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=troll – Cached – Similar

    • David says:

      Intention of my posting is spreading the truth. If this is the only argument you have, than it works.

      Labeling someone a troll is a well known trolling technique.

      If you consider me a troll and prefer to support your rapist and looter contras, just ignore my posts.

      • Harald says:

        “Intention of my posting is spreading the truth. ”
        No it’s not.
        “People are running away from rebels because they are constantly terrorizing population, NATO is protecting rebels it will do nothing for civilians.”
        You are trying to spread pro-Ghaddaffi propaganda.
        By the way, a lost cause 🙂

        I hope you get paid for your blogging, it would be a rather poor life for you writing for a lost cause in defense of an bloodthirsty dictator without a reward.

  4. Domi says:

    Be strong guys, families, record all aggressions and rape for justice, the time will come for peace after the elimination of all worst things. Only must remain who is able to live peace fully.
    The second world war was not a hurry. Major fights are to spend time. YUr fight is great, for freedom. World let too long time the dictature building. So its why now dictature is long to go to an end. But things are changing. YU are building the next peacefull africa…
    Be proud and strong, but save yur life!

  5. Fredy says:

    It’s pleasant to hear hopeful people like Domi expressing their sincere support for a good cause in Libya.

    The first step is getting rid of the Madaffi regime. Meanwhile, the NTC is making plans for a new Libya. The history of the naysayers is lousy in the short term or long term.

    What are your hopes for Libya Naysayers ?

    Naysayer – Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster …
    Definition of NAYSAYER: one who denies, refuses, opposes, or is skeptical or cynical about something — nay–say·ing \-ˌ sā-iŋ\ noun. See naysayer defined for …
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/naysayer

    Oppression is an unnecessary evil.

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