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Another day for Libya’s “sole legitimate representatives”

Posted by seumasach on July 29, 2011

The question is which faction was it that William Hague was supporting: was it the Younis faction or those who are now celebrating his death? It doesn’t appear to have anything to do with Gaddafi’s men so why retaliate by bombing Tripoli?

Rebel General Shot Dead in Libya

ABC News

29th July, 2011


Libya’s rebels say their top general commanding the campaign against the regime of Moamar Gaddafi has been shot dead by assailants.

Abdel Fattah Younes was part of the group involved in the 1969 coup that brought Gaddafi to power and was interior minister before he defected and took a senior position in the rebellion in February.

Rebel leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil, speaking from the main rebel stronghold in Benghazi said: “We received news today that… Younes and two of his bodyguards were shot at after he was called in to appear before a judicial committee investigating military issues.”

Some rebels were never comfortable with an army leader who had until recently been so close to Gaddafi, and Mr Younes had been involved in a dispute over the leadership of the rebel forces.

Mr Jalil said Mr Younes was shot before appearing in front of the judicial committee, and said the head of the “armed cell” that killed him had been arrested.

Mr Jalil blamed the killing on pro-Gaddafi loyalists.

“We are really sorry and we feel sad to declare the death of General Abdel Fatah Younes, the chief of staff of the Libyan Army,” he said.

“The head of the insurgent was arrested and he said that some of his men did this thing.”

Ali Suleiman Aujali, a former Libyan ambassador to the US who now represents the Transitional National Council, said it was too early to say exactly who was responsible.

“It is on the front – sometimes they get frustrated … and people … shoot each other sometimes just for a very simple thing in the streets.”

Mr Aujali rejected any suggestion the TNC might have been behind the killing.

“This is completely not true,” he said.

It was not clear where Mr Younes and his bodyguards had been killed or how Mr Jalil had learned of their deaths, but Mr Jalil said all efforts were being made to find their bodies.

Shortly after the announcement, gunmen burst into the grounds of the hotel where Mr Jalil was speaking and fired bursts of shots in the air, a Reuters reporter said.

At least three loud explosions shook the centre of the Libyan capital Tripoli late on Thursday, shortly after the announcement of Mr Younes’ death.

Meanwhile, Libya’s rebel movement installed ambassadors in Paris and London on Thursday, formalising ties with its main allies in the fight to topple ruler Gaddafi from power.

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