Rebels Give Gaddafi Supporters Four Days to Surrender

 

Mustafa Abdel Jalil, chairman of the Libyan rebels’ National Transitional Council, has said that supporters of Muammar el-Gaddafi have four days to surrender or face military action. Jalil’s offer was primarily aimed at pro-Gaddafi strongholds including the coastal city of Surt, Gaddafi’s hometown, the city of Bani Walid and Sabha, which is on the edge of the Sahara desert. According to Al Jazeera, forces loyal to Gaddafi have urged people to fight or be killed; Gaddafi himself aired a message to Surt three days ago and called on its residents to defend themselves. Rebel forces have been gathering outside Surt if negotiations with tribal elders fail to lead to a peaceful surrender.

As the New York Times notes, the rebels’ Saturday deadline coincides with the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month that concludes with a holiday of several days, Id al-Fitr.

Jalil’s announcement came the day after Libya’s neighbor, Algeria, said it had allowed a convoy of six armored limousines transporting Gaddafi’s second wife, Safiya, his daughter Aisha and and two of his sons, Mohammed and Hannibal, and their families including children. Algeria is the only country neighboring Libya that has yet to recognize the NTC as the country’s legitimate government. Guma al-Gamaty, the NTC’s UK coordinator, told the Guardian that the Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, himself authorized the entry of 32 members of Gaddafi’s family. Gaddafi’s daughter Aisha reportedly gave birth in the Algerian town of Djanet.

The NTC’s interior minister, Ahmed Darrat, has said that Algeria granting Gaddafi’s family asylum is an “enemy act”:

The diplomatic row that has blown up in the wake of the family’s escape reflects the tensions caused by the western spread of the Arab spring, as the Algerian government tries to ensure it is not the next domino to fall. It has so far refused to recognise the provisional NTC government in Tripoli. For its part, the NTC is seeking to ensure Algeria does not become a base from which Gaddafi loyalists could mount a counter-revolution.

The “manhunt” for Gaddafi himself and his three most powerful sons, Saif al-Islam, Mutassim and Khamis, is now oriented southward. Western intelligence and special forces are assisting the rebels. Al Jazeera reports that a rebel leader says Khamis has been killed; however, his death has been announced prematurely several times during the conflict.

The New York Times reports that the rebels are gradually establishing themselves as Libya’s official government. On Monday, they signed new energy deals with ENI, Italy’s biggest oil company, and allowed France and Britain, the leading members of the NATO alliance whose airstrikes have supported the rebels’ efforts, to send advance teams into Tripoli to reestablish embassies there. But, says the Guardian, the fact that a convoy of six armored limousines could “drive unmolested down the length of the country, from Bani Walid to the pro-Gaddafi bastion at Sebha, on the edge of the Sahara desert, and then west to the Algerian border, indicates that there is a wide swathe of the central Libyan hinterland” still not in the NTC’s control.

A large number of sub-Saharan migrant workers remain stranded in squalid camps in Tripoli, terrified to leave for home. The workers fear they will be attacked by the rebels after being mistaken for Gaddafi-hired mercenaries from Chad and Sudan. The chairman of the African Union, Jean Ping, has said that the “plight of the stranded migrants was an important reason the union has so far refused to recognize” the NTC and that the Libyan council “seems to confuse black people with mercenaries.”

Tripoli also houses a 45-hectare zoo right next to Gaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziya complex and to the Rixos Hotel, where a number of foreign journalists were holed up when the rebel forces first entered Tripoli over a week ago. Gaddafi’s third son, Saadi, owned nine of the zoo’s eighteen lions and visited them daily, says the Guardian. His second son, Saif al-Islam was so fond of big cats that he took two albino lions with him when he went to study in Austria. While a rocket-propelled grenade fell through the zoo’s hippo enclosure, the three hippos were unharmed, as were Saadi’s lions and baboons, gazelle, pelicans and barbary sheep. Let’s hope they are not forgotten as the new rebel government sets itself up in Tripoli.

Previous Care2 Coverage

Gaddafi’s Wife & 3 Children in Algeria

Gaddafi Offers To Negotiate; “Absolutely Not,” Rebels…

Tripoli Under Rebel Control As Horrors of Libyan Conflict Emerge

 

Map from Wikimedia Commons

13 comments

CarlGustav J.
Calle J.4 years ago

Libya:
* GDP per capita - USD 14,192.
* Unemployment benefit - USD 730.
* Each family member subsidized by the state gets annually USD 1.000
* Salary for nurses - USD 1.000.
* For every newborn is paid USD 7.000.
* The bride and groom receive a USD 64 thousand to purchase flats.
* Major taxes and levies prohibited.
* To open a personal business a one-time financial assistance of USD 20.000
* Education and medicine are free.
* Educ. Internships abroad - at government expense.
* Stores for large families with symbolic prices for basic foodstuffs.
* Part of pharmacies - with free dispensing.
* Loans for buying a car and an apartment - no interest.
* Real estate services are prohibited.
* Buying a car up to 50% paid by the State.
* No Payment for electricity for the population.
* Sales and use of alcohol is prohibited.
* Petrol is cheaper than water. 1 liter of gasoline = USD 0.14.

Hartson Doak
Hartson Doak5 years ago

Whoever harbors this evil despot will feel the wrath of their own people.

Ralph R Sutton
Ralph R Sutton5 years ago

The rebels are giving him the time because they need the time to consolidate their forces for a coordinated three sided attack on Serti. I’m pretty sure Gaddafi isn’t going to surrender and neither is his son. They both know they will be found guilty of crimes against the Libyan people and will likely be executed which would be humiliating for both of them. If they are not complete cowards they will both put a gun in their mouth and blow their brains out rather than be captured.

Siusaidh C.
Susan C.5 years ago

Max Forte, "A Victory for the Libyan People? The Top Ten Myths in the War Against Libya"

In this important article, the war propaganda (aka lies) that Prof. Forte totally demolishes are:
1. Genocide by Gaddafi regime
2. Gaddafi “bombing his own people”
3. The need to save Benghazi
4. Gaddafi's use of African mercenaries
5. Gaddafi forces Viagra-fueled mass rape
6. Responsibility to Protect (R2P)
7. Gaddafi the demon
8. Rebels are freedom fighters & angels
9. Victory for the Libyan people
10. Defeat for “the Left"

http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/08/31/the-top-ten-myths-in-the-war-against-libya/

Prof. Forte is a prof. at Concordia University, Montreal. Check him at http://zeroanthropology.net/about-the-bloggers/max-forte/

Victoria M.
Past Member 5 years ago

apparently they have refused the offer.

Yvette S.
Past Member 5 years ago

The rebels are offering life as opposed to death for the people who are harboring Gaddafi, or are sympathizers obstructing his capture. They are not offering this option to Gaddafi.

It shows great humanitarianism from the rebels given they have not been shown that level of mercy from their opposition, (Gaddafi's supporters).
It also shows they are preparing for a democracy in a fair and balanced way, rather than blowing up every man, woman and child who is in the, 'city of Surt, Gaddafi’s hometown, or the city of Bani Walid and Sabha, which is on the edge of the Sahara desert.'

In our bottom line society I would rather hear of a deadline which offers first life, before it makes no offers and thousands of children and women are killed because the men support that loser of a (ex) leader. They may use photo ops of woman and children chanting Gaddafi's name in praise, but the reality is they have no voice in a country where thus far only the men have a voice. Hopefully women will be heard in the future, as well as many other freedoms, and true democracy will follow soon.

Yvette S.
Past Member 5 years ago

The rebels are offering life as opposed to death for the people who are harboring Gaddafi, or are sympathizers obstructing his capture. They are not offering this option to Gaddafi.

It shows great humanitarianism from the rebels given they have not been shown that level of mercy from their opposition, (Gaddafi's supporters).
It also shows they are preparing for a democracy in a fair and balanced way, rather than blowing up every man, woman and child who is in the, 'city of Surt, Gaddafi’s hometown, or the city of Bani Walid and Sabha, which is on the edge of the Sahara desert.'

In our bottom line society I would rather hear of a deadline which offers first life, before it makes no offers and thousands of children and women are killed because the men support that loser of a (ex) leader. They may use photo ops of woman and children chanting Gaddafi's name in praise, but the reality is they have no voice in a country where thus far only the men have a voice. Hopefully women will be heard in the future, as well as many other freedoms, and true democracy will follow soon.

Philip S.
Philip S.5 years ago

The Al Qaeda led rebels can't wait to take over, I want to know when NATO will send in US ground troops? Just another Iraq.

Fred Krohn
Fred Krohn5 years ago

Ghaddafi needs to be treated the same as the USA treated the Barbary pirates who used to infest the Libyan coast - we formed the Marines and trashed 'em! Look at the lyrics of the Marine Hymn - it's time for a repeat!

Ernie Miller
william Miller5 years ago

I hope the new government is better to the people and use their oil money wisely. They need to start converting to other forms of energy usage now and exporting that why they have the money to invest in their future.