Gaddafi’s air force is his trump card and needs to be stopped

Map showing key locations

map from bbc

It seems that the town of  Zawaya has been attacked by air and by heavy artillery and by tanks and has been virtually wiped out.

The death toll is now thought to be greater than 1000 and it is Gaddafi’s air force (which is dominated by his clan) which is his trump card. Not only are they attacking directly, but they are also providing the air cover for his land forces to move against the opposition. Heavy fighting is reported around Ras Lanuf.

The sooner a no-fly zone can be established over Libya the better.

Yemen News Agency reports:

The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Tuesday supported the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya but rejected military intervention in the North African country, according to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, at a special meeting with the permanent representatives here, voiced backing to imposing a no-fly zone over Libya which has been experiencing clashes between forces of Muammar Gadhafi and rebels, which killed and injured hundreds of people.

“We are joining voices demanding the imposition of a no-fly zone on Libya, he said, and called on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to live up to its responsibilities in that respect.

But Ihsanoglu refused the military option to solving the crisis in Libya.
He called on the Libyan authorities to allow entry of humanitarian aid. The unrest in Libya forced tens of thousands of people from different nationalities to flee the country.

France and the UK, with the US support, had circulated elements of a draft resolution to the other permanent members of the UNSC to impose a no-fly zone.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) had voiced backing to the no-fly zone in a meeting of foreign ministers yesterday.

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