Monday, May 9, 2011

World News: Gaddafi Drops Mines on RebelsGaddafi Forces Drop Land Mines on Rebel Fuel Supplies

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Rebel: “All of it has been destroyed. All of it has been destroyed, you know. This one was full of fuel you know”

Muammar Gaddafi’s forces aren’t just using bombs against rebels in Libya these days. They’re now dropping land mines on fuel tanks ---- supplying the last rebel-held city of Misrata.

Gaddafi’s men dropped mines onto four oil tanks in the city---causing fires which spread to four others. The New York Times explains how the land mines work. (Video from euronews).

“The land mines were delivered by a Chinese-made variant of a Grad rocket that opens in flight and drops mines to the ground below, each slowed slightly and oriented for arming by a small green parachute...”

A rebel spokesman says Gaddafi’s forces used civilian planes to drop the land mines.

Sky News has heard, “claims that forces loyal to the Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi have used planes designed for crop spraying to deploy the weapons, defying the no-fly zone...”

If Gaddafi is getting around the ‘no fly zone,’ does that give him the edge? NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen doesn’t think so. He says it will only be a matter of time- before the rebels defeat him.

Anders: “In conclusion, we have stopped Gaddafi in his tracks. His time is running out, and he is more and more isolated.”

Regardless--- Misrata suffered a major blow with the destruction of the oil tanks. Rebel forces shot some of the land mines before they went off---but as Euronews explained---Gaddafi’s forces still succeeded.

“Before the attack, Misrata was said to have enough supplies to last for three months. It’s not known how much fuel it has left now.”

Libya’s state-run television station says a number of rebels in the city surrendered after the attacks on the oil tanks. A rebel spokesman says--- that’s a big lie.

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