Interesting things have been going on in Libya. And the most interesting of all, till date, is what prompted me to write this quick snippet.
Let me take you a few hours back: It was rumoured that, with France switching diplomatic status from the Gaddafi Government to the opposition groups, Spain and Portugal would follow suit. But BBC’s Sarah Rainsford clarified from Madrid that the Spanish Foreign Ministry has denied any such thing.
“This is the first nail in the coffin of Gaddafi.”
Rebels, on France switching its diplomacy.
Then the EU formally add sanctions of sorts to the Gaddafi regime targeting, mainly, the Libyan Investment Authority. But the opposition would not stay put. Apparently they trust France’s decision to identify them as the nation’s primary representatives and they boldly asked the other European nations to do the same.
Then came reports from Spain that talks were being held regarding the complicated situation and a result would take time. It was made clear, however, that is actions were to be taken, the EU would do it as a whole.
In the meanwhile chatter from the rebel council was that France was breaking the ice for the EU in officially recognising them (the rebels.) This they said was the first nail in the coffin of Gaddafi. The rest will come as Europe follows suit.
Apparently people even just outside Libya have not been able to contact their acquaintances in Zawiya but have been informed that several people there have died. Understandably, Tripoli was considering cutting its ties with France because of President Sarkozy’s intervention in their internal affairs.
The hospitals in Tripoli, it is said, now have a regular inflow of patients, wounded and dead. And of course, cash.
By GMT 1248, the International Organisation for Migration reported that over 252,000 people had crossed into Tunisia, Egypt, Niger and Algeria and about 20,000 of these remain stranded there.
“We should never underestimate the risks that many people take in order to bring this country and the rest of the world the truth about countries like Libya.” Said Sir George Young, leader of the house of commons.
Reports are that while the Libyan army was using heavy weaponry to attack the city during the day, mercenaries have been resorting to attacking houses and sending civilians as hostage. Snipers are taking their shift to attack the rebels during dark.
Backing Gaddafi’s claims that the Al-Qaeda is behind the unrest, Libyan TV showed footage of confessions from Al-Qaeda fighters in Zawiya, from whom weapons have been seized.
As the events rolled on typically, came the news that prompted me to write this in the first place. French President Nicholas Sarkozy proposed at 1303 GMT targeted air strikes of Libya.
It is a powerful decision and Sarkozy is known for such things. It may prove effective, though Sarkozy’s intention for having decided so is still in the dark, but if the move hits back, France will have a hard time recovering.
You can get real-time updates on the status in Libya from BBC here.