Rebels seize Misrata airport as EU backs uprising with Benghazi office
Published 12/05/2011 | 05:00
REBEL forces in Libya took Misrata airport yesterday after a fierce battle with government troops. The victory, if sustained, could significantly ease the city's siege, allowing supplies and other forces to be flown in to the rebel enclave.
The rebels claimed that they had also forced government troops back to a point about 10 miles from Misrata and were readying to move on Zliten, the next major town on the road to Tripoli, about 50 miles east of the capital.
Haj Mohammed, a rebel commander, said: "Every day we manage to advance along the coastal road toward Zliten . . . the advance is unstoppable."
In the latest diplomatic show of support for the rebels, the EU is setting up an office in their stronghold, Benghazi, to "support the Interim Transitional National Council" that is attempting to co-ordinate the rebellion. (© Daily Telegraph, London)