Gaddafi Army Retakes Zuwarah as No-Fly Zone Debate Continues
Zuwarah Overrun by Gaddafi Forces
Libyan military forces have fought their way to the center of the town of Zuwarah, one of the few still held by anti-government forces. The army used artillery and tanks against Zuwarah, which has a population of around 40,000.
With global attention on the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, Muammar Gaddafi has been regaining ground lost to rebels seeking to end his 42-year grasp on power. While previously described as looking for an exit deal, Gaddafi is trying to turn the tables, offering "amnesty" for rebels willing to lay down their arms.
Libya No-Fly Zone Debate Continues
The UN continues to debate a no-fly zone over Libya, which is championed by Britain and France, but such a move could become irrelevant if Gaddafi is able to switch his focus from air-force attacks to artillery and tank attacks.
A resident of Zuwarah tells al-Jazeera,
"I am in the centre of Zuwarah. Gaddafi's army is in the centre of Zuwarah now and the tanks are still advancing, I can
see them," Tarek Abdullah told Reuters news agency.
"The fighting with the rebels is still going on," he said.