28 Apr '11, 2am

Libyan tribes call on Gaddafi to go

MISRATA, Libya: Libya's tribes urged Muammar al-Gaddafi on Wednesday to cede power, as rebels backed by NATO air strikes said they drove the strongman's forces out of missile range of the lifeline port of Misrata. Rebels defending Zintan, in the mountains southwest of Tripoli, also pushed back Gaddafi forces who bombarded the town with at least 20 Grad rockets, wounding three people and damaging a local hospital, before retreating. An AFP team in the town late Wednesday witnessed rebels firing off celebratory salvos into the night as a NATO warplane flew overhead. Meanwhile, the United States opened another lifeline to the rebels by authorising Americans to buy oil, gas and petroleum products from the rebels' Transitional National Council. "The people of Libya are brave and defiant but we need access to oil revenues so that we can feed, protect and defend our families," th...

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