Libyan rebels flee before Gaddafi’s forces as NATO vetoes no-fly zone without UN resolution
Hundreds of rebel fighters have retreated from the strategic oil port of Ras Lanouf as Muammar Gaddafi’s army pounds the town with artillery.
The rebels fled eastward in cars and pickup trucks mounted with machine guns.
One said government forces were raining rockets or tank shells on the city in what appeared to be preparation for a full-scale advance.Russia’s foreign minister warned world powers on Thursday against meddling in the affairs of Libya and other African countries, saying military intervention would be unacceptable.”In the United Nations charter and other international accords, it is clearly stated that each nation has the right to decide its own future,” Lavrov
without ammunition it help us to fleeing the battle zone
Mycomments: This just clarify the fact that the body called UN is a joke. So who gives NATO right to impose a no fly zone? And France recognising the rebels is another stupidity. Whats will happen if Gaddafi re-control the country? France & UK will be to apologize and beg in order to continue trade business.
Libya may sever diplomatic relations with France and other Western powers if they back rebels fighting Muammar Gaddafi’s rule, a deputy foreign minister said on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, France recognised a rebel body in eastern Libya as the legitimate representative of Libya’s people — the first country to make the move. Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim said the Libyan government was considering cutting off relations with Paris.
“We think this (France’s recognition) is illegal,” he told reporters. “If the French government goes ahead with this we will see no other possibility than to break diplomatic relations with France. … All options will be considered.”
Asked separately if the same applied to other Western nations, he said:
“Yes, it’s possible, why not, if there are hostile actions, if they are recognising the separatists then we have to take (action). But I hope they will have second thoughts on that.”
Later, British Prime Minister David Cameron joined French President Nicolas Sarkozy in calling on their European partners to recognise the Libyan National Council as a viable political entity.
The French announcement came as NATO and the European Union begin talks on Thursday on a possible “no-fly” zone over Libya after some of the fiercest fighting of the three-week-old uprising against Gaddafi.