02 Mar '11, 8am

US warships headed to Libya enter Suez Canal - Channel NewsAsia

US warships headed to Libya enter Suez Canal - Channel NewsAsia

TRIPOLI - Two US warships were heading towards Libya on Wednesday as the West started flexing its military muscle and rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi's regime began organising the trappings of parallel government. The UN refugee agency said the situation on the Libya-Tunisia border was reaching crisis point as desperate expatriate workers pour across, fearful of a bloody rearguard action by diehard regime elements. More than 100,000 people have already left Libya to escape a vicious crackdown by Gaddafi loyalists which has left at least 1,000 dead, according to conservative UN estimates. The USS Kearsarge and the USS Ponce carrying marines and equipment entered the Suez Canal early Wednesday, an Egyptian canal authority official said. The warships are expected to enter the Mediterranean by evening. The Kearsarge amphibious ready group, with about 800 marines, a fleet of he...

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