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March 30 blog: Gaddafi's counter-offensive reverses rebels' gains

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2011-03-30

Intensive counter-attacks by troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi forced rebels to retreat from several key towns they had previously captured. The Libyan foreign ministry rebuked a French suggestion to consider arming rebels.

  • Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa arrived in the UK late Wednesday and has resigned from Muammar Gaddafi's government, the British government said. Koussa travelled under “his own free will,” said a British government spokesman.
  • Troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi pounded rebels in eastern Libya on Wednesday. Heavy shelling is reported in the key oil port of Brega, a day after rebels were forced to retreat from Bin Jawad and Ras Lanuf.
  • France, US and the UK have said that the possibility of arming Libyan rebels has not been ruled out, although Russia is strongly opposed to the idea. Libya's foreign ministry said such a move would violate United Nations resolutions and be tantamount to aiding "terorrists".
  •  Syrian President Bashar al-Assad addressed his nation and blamed the wave of unrest there on "conspirators".  It was his first public address since unprecedented demonstrations erupted two weeks ago.

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Date created : 2011-03-30

  • LIBYA

    London talks debate policy on a post-Gaddafi Libya

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  • LIBYA

    France dispatches envoy to rebel-held Benghazi

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  • LIBYA

    Obama defends US military action

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