MISRATA

  • Libya getting 'very close' to point of no return, says UN envoy 3 days ago

    Tripoli: Factional warfare in Libya is pushing the oil producer "very close to the point of no return", the UN special envoy to the country said on Tuesday, commenting on flagging efforts to bring about a ceasefire and political dialogue. The North African country has had two governments and parliaments since...
  • Top intelligence chief abducted as Libya marks strike November 18, 2013

    Tripoli: Libya's deputy intelligence chief was kidnapped outside Tripoli airport on Sunday, two security sources said, days after clashes between rival militias and protesters in the capital killed at least 45 people. Mustafa Noah, the head of agency's espionage unit, was pulled into a vehicle in the car park, and had...
  • PostGaddafi Libya under pressure to restore order October 23, 2011

    Benghazi: Racing to fill a power vacuum and prevent a descent into lawlessness, Libya is to proclaim its war over on Sunday and start building the ballot box democracy Muammar Gaddafi once saw as fit for "donkeys". Tens of thousands who before this year's revolt had known nothing but Gaddafi's allpowerful...
  • Gaddafi died of gunshot wound: Autopsy October 23, 2011

    New Delhi: Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi died of a gunshot wound to the head, confirmed an autopsy report on Sunday. The autopsy was carried out in Misrata and sources are now saying that the body will be returned to the commercial freezer in the city where it was put up...
  • Libyans lining up to see Muammar Gaddafi's body October 23, 2011

    Libyans, with children in tow, are queuing up at the meat market on the outskirts of Misrata, to get a glimpse of the dead body of Muammar Gaddafi. ...
  • Gaddafi body stashed in shopping centre freezer October 22, 2011

    Misrata: Muammar Gaddafi's bloodstreaked body was stashed in a commercial freezer at a shopping centre on Friday as Libyans waited in line outside for a chance to see him and authorities tried to figure out where to bury the longtime dictator. The makeshift provisions for the corpse reflected the disorganization and...
  • Gaddafi forces bomb fuel depot in Misrata May 8, 2011

    Benghazi: Muammar Gaddafi's forces rocketed the main fuel depot in Misrata on Sunday, intensifying a twomonth siege on the rebelheld city that has claimed civilian lives and prompted warnings of a humanitarian crisis. Government forces sent Grad rockets slamming into the depot, which...
  • Desperate Libyans stranded in Misrata rescue May 5, 2011

    Tripoli: An aid ship defied deadly shell fire to rescue African and Asian migrant workers from the besieged port of Misrata on Wednesday, but was forced to leave behind hundreds of Libyans desperate to flee the fighting. Aid workers had earlier scrambled to embark the migrants, along with journalists and the...
  • Misrata rebels say they drove out Gaddafi forces April 24, 2011

    Tripoli: Rebel fighters drove Muammar Gaddafi's forces to the edge of the besieged western city of Misrata on Sunday, taking control of the main hospital where government troops had been holed up, a resident said. In the fighting, Gaddafi loyalists fired dozens of rockets at Misrata on Sunday, said the resident,...
  • Oscarnominated director killed in Libya April 21, 2011

    Misrata: Two Western photojournalists, including an Oscarnominated film director, were killed on Wednesday in the besieged city of Misrata while covering battles between rebels and Libyan government forces. Two others working alongside them were wounded. Britishborn Tim Hetherington, codirector of the documentary 'Restrepo' about US soldiers on an outpost in Afghanistan,...
  • Libya won't allow foreign troops in with UN aid April 19, 2011

    Tripoli: A senior Libyan official on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of allowing foreign troops to escort humanitarian aid convoys in Libya, saying such a deployment would be viewed as military, not humanitarian. The remarks came as British Foreign Secretary William Hague said his country is sending military advisers to the...
  • Libya: Misrata turns graveyard as death toll rises April 19, 2011

    As proGaddafi forces try to retake the city, the rebels' frustration with NATO is also growing. ...
  • Libyan forces pound Misrata, many evacuated by sea April 18, 2011

    Benghazi: A chartered ship evacuated nearly 1,000 foreign workers and wounded Libyans from Misrata on Monday as government artillery bombarded the besieged city that now symbolises the struggle against Muammar Gaddafi's rule. "We wanted to be able to take more people out but it was not possible," said Jeremy Haslam, who...
  • Red Cross team arrives in rebelheld Misrata April 16, 2011

    Tripoli: A Red Cross team arrived in rebelheld Misrata on Saturday to assess the situation in the besieged western Libyan city. Aid groups have described an increasingly desperate situation for many trapped civilians in Misrata, with few areas safe from the daily bombardment by government forces and growing needs of food...
  • Libyan wounded describe Misrata as 'hell' April 4, 2011

    Tripoli: Gaddafi forces using tanks and snipers are carrying out a "massacre" in Misrata with corpses on the streets and hospitals full of the wounded, evacuees said, with one describing the besieged city as "hell". Misrata, Libya's third city, rose up with other towns against Muammar Gaddafi's rule in midFebruary, and...
  • Libya: Gaddafi loyalists shell town in west April 3, 2011

    Tripoli: Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi shelled a building in Misrata early on Sunday to try to dislodge rebels from their last big stronghold in western Libya where a doctor says hundreds have been killed. Like many cities, Misrata rejected Gaddafi's rule in a revolt in February. In a violent crackdown,...
  • Ceasefire or risk attack: Pentagon to Gaddafi March 25, 2011

    Washington: USled coalition forces have asked Gaddafi forces in Libya to declare ceasefire or risk attack from international partners, a top Pentagon official has said. "Our message to the regime troops is simple: stop fighting, stop killing your own people, stop obeying the orders of Colonel Gaddafi," Director, Joint Staff Vice...
  • Gaddafi strikes rebels as diplomats mull action March 19, 2011

    Benghazi: Muammar Gaddafi took advantage of international indecision to attack the heart of the 5weekold uprising on Saturday, sending troops, tanks and warplanes to swarm the first city seized by the rebels. Crashing shells shook buildings, and the sounds of battle drew closer to Benghazi's center. "Where is France, where is...
  • Libya troops launch assault on rebel held Misrata March 13, 2011

    TRIPOLI: Troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi launched an assault on the city of Misrata on Saturday, attempting to recapture the last town in the west of the country still in rebel hands. Apparently unsettled by the uprisings against his 41year rule that began just under a month ago, Gaddafi...
  • Gaddafi's forces attack rebelheld Misrata March 12, 2011

    Tripoli: Troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi launched an assault on the city of Misrata on Saturday, attempting to recapture the last town in the west of the country still in rebel hands. Apparently unsettled by the uprisings against his 41year rule that began just under a month ago, Gaddafi...