Turmoil in Libya worsens as West launches attack

English.news.cn   2011-03-20 22:06:12 FeedbackPrintRSS

Vehicles belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi explode after an air strike by coalition forces, along a road between Benghazi and Ajdabiyah March 20, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters)

BEIJING, March 20 (Xinhua) -- The joint forces of several Western nations Saturday launched an attack on Libya, a move that will complicate an already turbulent situation in the North African country.

French warplanes had been taking the lead in the airstrikes, which came after the UN Security Council imposed a no-fly zone over Libya.

At least 64 people were killed and 150 others wounded following the military operation against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, launched by the coalition that included the United States, France, Britain, Canada and Italy.

The western coalition claimed they launched the assault for humanitarian interests. But many analysts and media believed they did it for the sake of their own goals and interests instead of the safety and welfare of the unarmed Libyan civilians as they have claimed.


French President Nicolas Sarkozy has taken a leading role in pushing for international intervention in Libya.

With a record-low popularity and facing a presidential election next year, Sarkozy was eager to take the reins in global crises and show voters that he can take the lead.

Gaddafi, then, offers Sarkozy an opportunity.

About a week ago, the French leader became the first world leader to recognize the Libyan rebel National Libyan Council as "legitimate representative" of Tripoli.

He also took the lead in plans to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya

At the Paris summit Saturday, Sarkozy announced that French planes were already in the air and ready to attack when other participants barely reached an agreement.

After the emergency summit, Sarkozy said France had already taken military actions against Libya.

"For the moment and already, our planes are over the city preventing air attacks," he said at a press conference.

"Our determination is total," the president declared after seeing off important decision-makers from some Arab countries and main Western powers to agree on a military action against Libya.

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Editor: Wang Guanqun
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