Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Reports say Gaddafi has reportedly ordered security forces to bomb oil pipelines to disrupt crude supplies to the Mediterranean countries.

A source close to the Gaddafi regime says Libya's embattled ruler has ordered security services to start sabotaging oil facilities, Time Magazine reported. 

The forces loyal to Gaddafi will start by blowing up several oil pipelines, cutting off the flow to the Mediterranean ports, he added.

Meanwhile, shipping groups have announced that all Libyan ports and terminals are temporarily closed due to the ongoing violence.

Many top Libyan officials, including Interior Minister Abdul Fattah Younis, have quit Gaddafi's government. 

In the meantime, protesters have overrun the eastern province of Cyrenaica, despite a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy rallies. Soldiers in the coastal town of Tobruk have said that Gaddafi's forces have lost control of the region.

This comes after Tripoli's Deputy Ambassador to the UN said Gaddafi's statements have served as a signal to his supporters to engage in genocide against the Libyan people.

Gaddafi has rejected calls to step down, threatening instead to crush the popular revolution. The government has even used air raids to suppress the demonstrations.

Some 1,400 people have been killed by Libyan security forces in bomb attacks against pro-democracy demonstrators in the North African country, reports say. source

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