12 Jun '11, 7am

Libya conflict spreads to key oasis city - Straits Times #libya #gaddafi

BENGHAZI - TRIBAL fighters opposed to Muammar Gaddafi have clashed with the strongman's forces in the oasis city of Sabha, rebels said, as regime troops went on the offensive at key Libyan flashpoints. The fresh wave of fighting comes as Turkey said it has offered Gaddafi guarantees to leave Libya and Russian envoy Mikhail Margelov said he would soon visit Tripoli to try to find a solution to the conflict. Fighters of the Awlad Suleiman tribe, a rival to the Gaddafis, 'liberated several streets' in Sabha, 800km south of Tripoli and a bastion of support for Gaddafi, the rebel National Transitional Council said on Saturday. Gaddafi's forces opened fire, killing one man, the NTC said in a statement. Sabha, with a population of some 100,000 people and home to an important military base, had until now been untouched by the unrest which has swept much of the north African oil-ri...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIS...

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