Tuesday 24 October 2017

Rebels say sorry for 'terrible mistake' that killed 13 fighters

James Hunter in Brega

LIBYAN rebels yesterday apologised for drawing down friendly fire on themselves in the attack on Friday evening that killed 13 fighters.

An American plane targeted a rebel vehicle on the road to government-held Brega after it fired its anti-aircraft gun into the air.

"It was a terrible mistake, and we apologise, and we will not let it happen again," said Abdul Hafidh Ghoga, a spokesman for the rebellion's Transitional National Council.

Perhaps because of that incident, the jubilant gunfire that regularly rises from the rebel ranks was absent yesterday.

One young rebel who raised his weapon to his shoulder and prepared to fire a celebratory volley was rounded on by his comrades.

"We are waiting for NATO," said Mohammad Abdul Saleh, a stout 55-year-old, as his colleagues prepared to pray on the roadside.

"We cannot push forward without them. Gaddafi has better weapons."

Irish Independent

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