New York: London: Tripoli:
18:33 Reuters Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has called on the U.N. Security Council to protect his hometown of Sirte — still held by forces loyal to him — from what he called NATO “atrocities”.
18:22 Mohamed Madi tweets: “Central Misrata is completely destroyed. If ur reading this you probably know this already, but actually seeing a city razed is smth else.”
17:21 Reuters French President Nicolas Sarkozy is planning a trip to Libya on Thursday, the French magazine Marianne reported, in what would be the first visit by a foreign head of state since the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi.
17:09 Reuters Britain has circulated a draft resolution that would ease U.N. sanctions against Libya to members of the Security Council and hopes to vote on it this week, diplomats said on Wednesday.
The draft would have the council begin lifting six-month-old punitive measures imposed on Libya when its former leader Muammar Gaddafi was overseeing a crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators across the country.
16:58 UKMilOps tweets: “Tue am: RAF aircraft conducting patrol over Sebha located former regime armoured vehicles occupying dug-in positions. 3 vehicles destroyed.
Tue pm: RAF patrol identified one of Qadhafi’s multiple rocket launchers east of Sebha. A Brimstone missile destroyed the vehicle.
RN vessels remain on patrol off the coast ensuring free movement of shipping, especially humanitarian supplies needed by coastal communities
09:16 Associated Press Saadi Gaddafi and three of his generals are trying to gain political asylum in Niger, AP reports.
Marou Amadou, the government spokesman who is also the minister of justice, would not say whether they would be granted political refugee status, but suggested that returning them to Libya was not an option.
09:15 Reuters Libyan transitional government forces handed out free petrol to help hundreds of civilians flee a desert town held by Muammar Gaddafi’s loyalists ahead of an onslaught aimed at capturing one of the ousted ruler’s last bastions.
Complaining of hardship and intimidation, residents of Bani Walid headed to nearby towns or started the 180 km (112-mile) journey north towards the capital Tripoli on Tuesday in cars packed with children and possessions.