Saturday, 27 August 2011

Libya conflict: Rebels vow to resolve Tripoli shortages


Fuel needed to restore electricity and water supplies
would arrive on Sunday, rebels say

Libyan rebel leaders have announced measures to tackle shortages of water, fuel and medicines in Tripoli which the UN says are threatening lives. Mahmoud Shammam of the National Transitional Council (NTC) promised diesel fuel to restore electricity and water supplies would arrive on Sunday.

But he warned residents not to expect miracles after such a swift victory against Col Muammar Gaddafi's forces. Meanwhile, at least 50 bodies have been found in a warehouse south of Tripoli. 
Residents of the district of Salah al-Din said they were civilians who had been executed on Tuesday by members of a brigade commanded by Col Gaddafi's son, Khamis, before they abandoned a nearby military base.
The rebels remain confident, convinced that they
have the momentum
"We heard gunfire before breaking the [Ramadan] fast and people shouting for help, but there were snipers outside and nobody could get close. These men were killed by Kalashknikovs and hand grenades, and then they were burned," Dr Salim Rajub told the AFP news agency.

On Friday, more than 200 decomposing bodies were found at an abandoned hospital in the capital's Abu Salim district. Doctors and nurses fled because of the fighting and many injured patients were left to die.

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