Gadhafi’s Oil Minister Defects and...
From Voice of America:
Gadhafi’s Oil Minister Defects and NATO Strikes Targets in Tripoli
NATO warplanes have carried out more strikes on Libyan military targets in Tripoli, where the government of leader Moammar Gadhafi suffered another setback with the defection of its oil minister.
At least three airstrikes shook the Libyan capital early Thursday. NATO's latest operational update says the alliance hit a military vehicle storage facility and a missile launcher among other targets in the Tripoli area. Libyan state television accused NATO of seeking to “destroy” the country's infrastructure.
Libyan Oil Minister Shukri Ghanem said in Rome Wednesday that he left his job because the violence and killing in his homeland had become “unbearable.” He is one of the most prominent officials to have abandoned Mr. Gadhafi's government since a Libyan rebel uprising began in February.
Italy's ANSA news agency quoted Ghanem as saying he plans to “join young Libyans to fight for a democratic country.” Ghanem said he has not yet decided whether he will cooperate with the rebel National Transitional Council based in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.
Last month, Libyan officials denied reports Ghanem had defected in Tunisia, saying instead that he was abroad on business. His announcement in Rome came two days after eight senior Libyan army officers held a news conference there saying they had abandoned Libyan government forces and urging fellow security officials to do the same.
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