TRIPOLI, March 8, 2011 (AFP) – Key events to date in the uprising against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi:
Tuesday, March 8:
- Libya’s air force carries out intensive raids, particularly on the rebel-held oil town of Ras Lanuf.
- Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the head of the provisional national council, created late February by the opposition in Benghazi to prepare a political transition, rejects talks with Kadhafi and insists he leave the country.
- The European Union agrees to slap new sanctions on Kadhafi’s regime.
- After the Gulf Arab monarchies, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) calls on the United Nations to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya.
Monday, March 7:
- Libyan rebels cede ground to Kadhafi’s advancing forces as fierce battles and tank fire are reported in the city of Zawiyah, a bloody flashpoint between rebels and loyalists of Kadhafi.
- UN chief Ban Ki-moon names Jordan’s former foreign minister Abdul Ilah Khatib as his special envoy to deal with the Libyan regime on humanitarian issues.
- Britain and France are drafting a UN resolution on a no fly zone which could be put to the Security Council this week, a diplomat said.
- The United Nations calls for $160 million (€114 million) to cover the needs of those who have fled Libya, as well as others who remained trapped.
Sunday, March 6:
- Kadhafi forces pound the western town of Misrata, the third biggest in the country. A doctor says 21 people died, and more than 90 were injured.
- The rebels withdraw from the hamlet of Bin Jawad, which they had captured the previous day as they pushed west from their eastern strongholds.
Saturday March 5:
- Rebels seize Bin Jawad, as deadly fighting rages on in Zawiyah, where tanks fire on houses. Medical sources say at least seven people are killed.
- The rebel national council holds its first session, declaring itself the sole representative of the country.
- More than 191,000 people have fled the violence in Libya, the UN says.
Friday March 4:
- Anti-Kadhafi protesters clash with police in Tripoli.
Thursday March 3:
- Kadhafi’s warplanes hit the rebel-held oil port of Brega.
- The Dutch defence ministry says three of its marines helping to evacuate civilians have been captured by Libyan soldiers.
- The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor says Kadhafi and his associates will be probed over allegations of crimes against humanity.
- A Libyan official says the country’s oil output has fallen by half.
- An international airlift gets under way to take home thousands of people who have fled Libya into Tunisia.
Wednesday March 2:
- Kadhafi loyalists launch a counter-offensive in the east.
- The opposition controls eastern Libya and numerous towns in the west, while Tripoli and its environs remain under Kadhafi’s control.
- The EU follows the UN and the US in imposing sanctions on Kadhafi and 25 others.
- Kadhafi tells foreign media “all my people love me.”
- The UN refugee agency says a “humanitarian emergency” is under way as thousands of migrant workers, mostly from Egypt and Tunisia, seek to flee Libya.
- Kadhafi says he will open arsenals to arm his supporters.
- Kadhafi goes on TV and orders his forces to crush the uprising.
- Libyan diplomats around the world begin to desert the regime.
- Protesters ransack state television headquarters in Tripoli.
- Calls go out on Facebook for a “Day of Rage” against the regime.
- Protests start in Libya’s second city Benghazi.
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