100 days of NATO raids boost Libyan opposition forces

civilians walk along Tripoli St. in Misrata

civilians walk along Tripoli St. in Misrata

Libyan opposition forces are gaining ground after NATO forces began their operations 100 days ago, says the UN's top Political Affairs officer, Lynn Pascoe.

NATO allies began air raids following the imposition of a UN Security Council no-fly zone over Libya on March 17.

Lynn Pascoe was speaking to the UN Security Council on Monday.

"While we do not have a detailed understanding of the military situation on the ground, it is clear that the initiative, although halting, is now with the opposition forces, supported at times by NATO air power. Press reports point to heavy fighting in the vicinity of Bri-Al-Ghanam some 50 miles from Tripoli. There are also reports of some fighting in Brega, shelling by regime forces in Misrata and Nato airstrikes in Tripoli."

Pascoe added there were talks with the Libyan government to end hostilities as well as ensure a safe humanitarian passage.

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