Fighting continues in Libya despite no-fly zone

Despite efforts by coalition forces to implement a no-fly zone over Libya and protect civilians, fighting has continued between pro-Muammar Qadhafi forces and the opposition.

Security Council Chamber

That’s what the top United Nations envoy for Libya, Abdel Ilah Al-Khatib, told the Security Council during a briefing on the situation in the North African country.

He said that over the weekend fighting continued in the cities of Misratah, Zawiya and Brega and there are unconfirmed reports that government forces started shelling towns southwest of Tripoli.

Mr. Al Khatib said that air strikes have also continued over the weekend around Sirte and Ras Lanouf, east of Tripoli.

“Despite the effectiveness of the efforts by coalition forces to implement a no-fly zone and protect civilians, the fighting has continued between the ground forces of the armed opposition and Colonel Qadhafi loyalists. ON 31 March, Colonel Qadhafi’s ground forces recaptured a strategic oil town, Ras Lanouf, and moved within striking distance of another major eastern city, Brega, nearly reversing the advances opposition fighters made since international air strikes began on 19 March.”

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