» 12/23/2011, 00.00
Msgr Martinelli: Christmas, a sign of peace in a Libya still at war
The Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli states that revenge attacks are still in act in the country between rebels and loyalists to the Gaddafi family. For security reasons, Christmas celebrations will be held in the late afternoon. The visit to the Filipino Catholics of Misurata, the only foreigners in Libya for the entire period of the war.
Mgr. Martinelli: Gadaffi can still determine the fate of Libya
In Italy for health and safety reasons the bishop of Tripoli prays for the end of the war and the rapid reconstruction of the country. Catholic Filipino nurses in hospitals are still active despite the clashes.
Bishop of Tripoli: Bombs on civilians, destroying an entire people to take down Gaddafi
At night, the NATO bombing hit civilian buildings. Four children were injured. For Mgr. Martinelli, the UN must bring peace not war. Italy's grave responsibility in the operation of fury against the Libyan population.
Air raids turn Tripoli into ghost town. Bishop: "give these people a rest"
NATO continues to bomb despite the UN's appeal for a ceasefire. At least four missiles fired at the Gaddafi bunker. For Msgr. Martinelli the population is exhausted and afraid to leave home. Gaddafi re-appears in a video after 11 days of silence.
Gaddafi accepts African Union peace plan
The plan calls for an immediate ceasefire, the unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid, protection of foreign nationals, and a dialogue between the government and rebels. It does not however convince the rebels and NATO who call for a pullback of the colonel’s forces and greater guarantees.
Libya surrenders Bani Walid. Gaddafi maybe in Niger
The NTC has reaches a deal to enter the city in the hands of loyalists without a fight. A convoy of over two hundred military vehicles passes into Agadez in northern Niger overnight. Persistent rumours indicate Gaddafi and his son Saif al-Islam on board.
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