September 23, 2019

Fighting in Tripoli as Gaddafi flees

Heavy fighting is taking place in Libya’s capital Tripoli with Security forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi fighting protesters and army units.

Witnesses say warplanes are firing on protesters in Tripoli and dozens have been killed. Snipers have also been firing on protesters.

The eastern cities of al-Bayda and Benghazi have already fallen to the opposition forces with many army units defecting to join them.

Senior Libyan diplomats are also siding with the opposition.

Libya’s deputy envoy to the UN has called on Colonel Gaddafi to step down, and accused his government of genocide.

Ibrahim Dabbashi said that if Gaddafi did not relinquish power, “the Libyan people will get rid of him.”

Justice Minister Mustapha Abdul Jalil has quit the government because of the “excessive use of violence.”

Libya’s envoy to the Arab League, Abdel Moneim al-Honi, announced he was “joining the revolution.”

Two Libyan fighter jets have landed in Malta, where officials say the pilots defected after they were ordered to bomb civilians.

There are reports that Colonel Gaddafi has left the capital to escape the fighting. Some are suggesting that he is already enroute to exile in Venezuela.

There is no way back for Gaddafi now. The tide of change has engulfed him as well.