Video: Misrata update for the 4th and 5th of May

Here’s the update from Misrata for the 4th and 5th of May, thanks to Wefaq Libya and FreedomgroupTV. Thanks to ChangeInLibya for the translation!

Translation:

“Yesterday, the main event was a battle between revolutionaries and Gaddafi forces at the Misrata airport Freedom fighters were at Ghiran near Sikka road hiding behind some sand dunes and other items, and Gaddafi forces were on a much higher hill top nearby. They started shooting at the revolutionaries and shelling them with mortars etc., but because of their height, freedom fighters couldn’t return fire for a while. Thankfully, someone managed to sneak behind the Gaddafi forces and managed to shoot RPGs and other missiles at them, and this led the Gaddafi forces to leave their high positions and run straight to the freedom fighters in front of them, and they were effectively ambushed. There was a very fierce battle and the two sides were separated by a few metres only – however we managed to surround them. And the majority of Gaddafi forces were killed using anti-aircraft cannons, while the rest were captured.”

“As for today, Misrata was mostly quiet and the city was not shelled with GRAD rockets and mortars for the first time. This is due to the fact that Gaddafi forces are starting to retreat, as they do not have enough supplies to continue fighting. The lack of supplies is due to NATO’s effective bombing runs and the fact the freedom fighters are attacking more often.”

“Tonight, the city is still mostly quiet and there is very little bombardment, while battles continue in the outskirts. The main fronts are the airport to the south, Dafniyah to the west and Shanteen buildings to the East.”

“Many ships managed to dock today, and much needed humanitarian aid arrived, but the port is still closed for security reasons. NATO jets are still circling above the city and there is a heavy presence, but we didn’t hear any strikes yet.”

“Civilians are worried about infiltrators such as Gaddafi spies, which made freedom fighters increase the curfew duration. This means that civilians are asked to stay home from 10pm to 8am for the next week so that they are not harmed. The city still has no electricity, running water, a working sewage system and is still short on most medicines.”

(ChangeInLibya adds: ACCORDING TO THE UPDATE there were no helicopters, contrary to what Arabiya and others said today. But I can’t be 100% sure. The LPC to LibyaAlHurra confirmed a helo attack on the port with two casualties. No further details though.)

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10 Responses to Video: Misrata update for the 4th and 5th of May

  1. MishMash says:

    Even if Gaddafi was a prophet as he seems to claim he is, 42 years is enough time for him to rule and he should have bowed out gracefully. There is no need for his sons to continue enslaving the people of Libya and no one will accept them. The reason why he is doing what he is doing right now is because he has that agenda in mind, to turn Libya into a kind of “House of Gaddafi” dynasty like the Saud family in Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately for him and his clan, they are more of a terrorist mafia than a venerable family to look up to. Libyans need to unite and fight so they can decide their destiny other than what is dictated for them in a silly little Green Book. No more nonsense.

  2. a says:

    There is something I do not get about the Gaddafi supporters: Many of them claim “We want Gaddafi, its not your business!”. But through this, they advocate his dictatorship. The characteristic of a dictatorship is: You are not asked what or whom you want. The will of others is imposed to you. You can, of course, sing and dance for the dictator and he will like that. But you would not be able to sing and dance for another dictator instead of the one you already have, that would be equally punished like protesting for democracy.

    By advocating dictatorship, you give up the right to choose by yourself, while also denying this right to others. You basically say “I cannot think and decide for myself, someone else should do it for me, ele there will be chaos”. But in the moment you express your will to keep Gaddafi as dictator, instead of anything else, you already express yourself, express your will, and you claim, that your voice has to be heard and recognized. So in a twisted way, you advocate democracy by expressing your wish not to have it. Funny, isn’t it?

  3. MishMash says:

    Bugs Bunny? Was he a Jew too? Why are you writing all this rubbish and what do you hope to get out of it? Are you excited by people responding to your nonsense? Dont you have any social interaction in your life bedsides this? For your info, we dont care if Gaddafi and Al Assad are Jews or Mormons or Hindus, we just want to get rid of them. Now go and find something to do.

  4. Ukrainian says:

    “Tonight, the city is still mostly quiet and there is very little bombardment, while battles continue in the outskirts. The main fronts are the airport to the south, Dafniyah to the west and Shanteen buildings to the East.”

    Shanteen buildings – where on map?

  5. Fredy says:

    A, thank you for your in depth insight into the mind of a common dictatorship follower.

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