The warplanes of Libya got underway new attacks on rebel areas around crucial oil ports Monday, laying efforts in halting the opposition fighters from moving towards Gadhafi’s iron grip in the capital, Tripoli.
Rebels, in the meanwhile, said that they can counter Gadhafi’s influential ground forces, but it would be difficult if he starts using his air power. A rebel fighter Ali Suleiman said, “We don’t want a foreign military intervention, but we do want a no-fly zone. We can take on the rockets and the tanks, but not Gadhafi’s air force.”
Monday’s airstrike on Ras Lanouf did not cause any casualties. Mohamad Samir, an army colonel fighting with the rebels said the forces were aimed towards fortification from the east.
The unrest in Libya has already been long since it initiated Feb. 15 and has led to much bloodshed than neighboring Egypt and Tunisia.
The spokesman for the government, Abdel-Majid al-Dursi refused any speculations related to assassination attempts against Gadhafi. He described the speculation as “baseless rumors.”
Libya’s unrest has already tolled lives of hundreds of people, forced more than 200,000 people to leave the country and has also caused humanitarian crisis across the border with Tunisia. Besides, the affect of the unrest could also be seen on the rising oil prices.