27 Aug '11, 3pm

Libya rebels fight to restore services

TRIPOLI: Libyan rebels embarked on the job of getting the capital up and running again Saturday, while keeping up the battle against Muammar al-Gaddafi's forces and the hunt for the elusive strongman. While fighting was still under way on various fronts, with the insurgents working to consolidate their hold on Tripoli, focus was increasingly turning to a post-Gaddafi era, with calls for reconciliation and a peaceful transition. The spokesman for the rebels' National Transitional Council, Mahmud Shammam, said they would start distributing 30,000 tons of petrol to Tripoli residents immediately, and would be providing cooking gas within the next 48 hours. They were also working to restore the Zawiyah refinery, Shammam said, pleading for patience and calling on all public, private and oil sector employees to return to work. "We are starting from point zero in this situation. D...

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