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Eastern Tribes the Al-Zawiya and Warfalla Unite Against Gaddafi

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Akram al-Warfalli, a leading figure in the tribe, which is Libya's largest, told al-Jazeera: "We tell the brother Gaddafi, well, he is no longer a brother, we tell him to leave the country." threatening to cut off oil exports to Western countries,

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Rick M (0)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 7:12 am
Those outside the elite group have found themselves played off against each other, breeding mistrust and discontent. "Gaddafi would use police and army appointments to bring one tribe closer to him," said Faraj Najem, author of Tribe, Islam and State in Libya, a book banned by the regime. "'He would give favours to some over others in return for their . . . allegiance."

Adding to the increasing tribal hostility towards the government is an east-west divide in the country, and a rivalry between Tripoli and its eastern rival, Benghazi.

Tripoli has traditionally been the Gaddafi stronghold, but recent days have seen even Tripoli turn away from the ruling regime.


Teresa W (782)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 7:12 am
thank you

Rick M (0)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 7:32 am
As the slaughter of the protesters continued, Gaddaf i's supporters deserted him in droves.His justice minister resigned in protest at "excessive use of force against unarmed protesters".And his ambassador to India and envoy to the Arab League, as well as Libyan mission members at the UN and diplomats in several other countires, quit.The Arab League envoy, Abdel Monem Al-Howni, accused Gaddafi of "genocide". He added: "Gaddafi's regime is now in the trash of history because he betrayed his nation and his people."

There were reports last night that a group of Army officers had issued a statement calling on fellow soldiers to join the people to overthrow Gaddafi.Leaders of two of Libya's most powerful tribes, the al-Warfalla and the al-Zuwayya, also turned on Gaddafi. The al-Warfalla told him to leave the country.

Libyan society is split along tribal lines, and Gaddafi has ruled for so long by playing the groups off against each other.Un Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who had spoken to Col Gaddafi earlier in the day, said he was "outraged" at reports of aircraft strafing civilians.

A statement said: "Such attacks against civilians, if confirmed, would constitute a serious violation of international humanitarian law and would be condemned by the secretary general in the strongest terms."
Gaddafi's brutal reign has left no organised opposition and experts fear Libya could sink into civil war or even break apart.

The price of oil has risen sharply because of the crisis.
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