The PJ Tatler

Libya: 'Carnage' as US and UN dither

From The Australian:

LIBYAN rebels ceded ground to Muammar Gaddafi’s advancing forces last night as the US came under increasing pressure to arm the opposition and the UN appointed a special humanitarian envoy.

The rebels began pulling back from the key oil port of Ras Lanuf as fighter jets targeted defences on the edge of town, throwing up palls of smoke amid fears that government forces were gearing for an attack.

After the bloodiest fighting of the three-week old conflict on Sunday, the UN demanded urgent access to scores of “injured and dying” in the western city of Misrata.

A doctor in Misrata said last night that 21 people, including a child, had been killed in shelling and clashes there on Sunday, and 91 people wounded.

A Tatler Reminder: As of February 25, 2011, Libya was a member of the UN Human Rights Council.