» 08/25/2011, 00.00
Bounty on Gaddafi, dead or alive
Whoever delivers the Libyan leader is guaranteed amnesty. The NTC has also offered the Colonel safe exit from the country, if he surrenders. The capture or killing of Gaddafi is urgent for release of frozen Libyan government funds: at least 168 billion dollars. The U.S. to ask the UN to release 1.5 million dollars "for humanitarian needs." But South Africa and the African Union cautious. Four Italian journalists kidnapped yesterday in Tripoli. Cautious optimism, but also some fear.
Tripoli bishop asks Italy and NATO forces for a truce out of respect for victims
Mgr Martinelli calls on warring nations to show some humanity towards the Libyan people and stop biases and falsehoods about Libya and Gaddafi. Yesterday, a son of the Libyan ruler was buried in a state funeral. The Italian embassy is sacked in Tripoli.
In Tripoli, children and teenagers used in the war against Gaddafi
An Italian businesswoman says heavily armed boys as young as nine are walking around the capital with the rebels. A police force is now needed to re-establish security in the streets and prevent revenge attacks between loyalists and rebels. Gaddafi flees with his older sons to the Fezzan, sends wife and daughter to Algeria.
Gaddafi promises to fight "until the end." In Paris, promises of tolerance and elections
In an audio message the Rais warns that his tribe will never give up, that "the battle will be long and inflame Libya." In Paris, NATO commits to new air strikes to "protect civilians". Mustafa Abdul Jalil promises a new constitution and elections within 18 months. Russia recognizes the National Transitional Council. China calls for UN intervention.
Del Boca: “Gaddafi wants to become a martyr and will resist till the end”, others fear total war
Thousands of people loyal to Gaddafi could lose everything with his defeat. The sudden fall of Tripoli was due to growing weariness by the Libyan leader and the population. The country could fall in the hands of unscrupulous characters.
Rebels enter Tripoli, one of Gaddafi’s sons arrested
Rebels meet little resistance in their advance. The whole city is now under their control, except for Gaddafi’s fortified compound. Right after his arrest, Saif al-Islam is charged with crimes against humanity. Another one of Gaddafi’s sons surrenders. The National Transitional Council pledges to restore oil production. NATO secretary-general says, “the regime is clearly crumbling.”
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