New air strikes in Libya
Fighter jet fired two rockets meters from the shore town square where opposition celebrate their victory over the forces supporting the regime of Moammar Gadhafi, reports AFP reporter. The attack did not result in casualties, but two crater dug about 15-20 meters from the square in front of the university in the city. A few minutes earlier dozen men have gathered in the square, firing into the air celebrating the expulsion of the regime fighters defending the city, which lies east of the center of resistance - Benghazi. In celebrating the attack men sought cover and then have shot a low flying plane, shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is great). At least 6,000 people have died since the outbreak of riots against the leadership of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi two weeks ago spokesman for the human rights organization Libyan League for Human Rights said Tuesday.
6000 victims in Libya
"The victims across the country are 6000," said spokesman Ali Zadie, adding that the total death toll includes 3,000 people in the capital Tripoli, 2 000 people in the opposition controlled the second largest city of Benghazi and 1 000 people in other Libyan cities. "These are the data from what they tell us people on the ground, but the total number could be higher," said the spokesman. Military vessels from several Western countries went to Libya, which was rocked by unrest since mid-February because of rebellions against the regime of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, transmits AFP. Gaddafi earlier warned the West against military intervention, saying that then "thousands of Libyans will die."
NATO ships en route to Libya
American "USS Kearsarge"
and "USS Ponce" have entered the Mediterranean en route to Libya. Group "The Kearsarge" of 800 marines, helicopters and medical equipment is ready to support humanitarian efforts. British ship "HMS Westminster" sailed from Gibraltar to the crisis zone. France sent its second-largest warship, helicopter carrier "The Mistral", to evacuate refugees. It will be exported from the frigate "Georges-Leygues". Both ship can accommodate 800 refugees. Canadian "HMCS Charlottetown" sailed from Halifax in eastern Canada to join the US-led flotilla to Libya. 134-foot frigate carrying 225 sailors and helicopters "Sea King".
Italian Minister Franco Frattini said in the meantime that Italy will send ships to Libya "within 24 to 48 Hours South Korean warship "Choi Young", downloaded from the anti-piracy patrol off Somalia for possible evacuation mission will arrive in Tripoli late Wednesday. Two U.S. warships with Marines and equipment have entered the Mediterranean Sea en route to Libya, said the administration of the Suez Canal, while at the same time West weighed the possibility of military action. One of the vessels is suitable to both military and humanitarian operations. "We certainly move our ships close to Libya, told AFP Pentagon official.