» 04/28/2011, 00.00
LIBYA – VATICAN
This “war makes no sense”, the Italian govt should “resign”, Tripoli bishop says
Bombs strike Tripoli throughout the night. Residents are desperate, running into the streets, appealing to the Pope to stop the war. “If the war continues, the gap between the Libyan and Italian peoples could get bigger, with unforeseeable consequences,” the apostolic vicar says.
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.
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.
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.
Rebels take Brega as civilians fear retaliation and violence
For the National Transitional Council, it is the greatest victory since the war against Gaddafi began. Human Rights Watch slams rebel violence against civilians. “Our government abandoned us. Foreign media see as Gaddafi supporters,” says an Italian businesswoman in Tripoli. Video shows Libyans protesting against NATO.
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.
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