Britain welcomes Libyan rebel advances

15th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain on Monday welcomed the gains made by Libyan rebels and insisted the pressure should be kept up on leader Moamer Kadhafi, however long it takes to oust him from power.

Libyan rebels said on Monday they had wrested control from Kadhafi's forces of "most" of the key port of Zawiyah, the last barrier on their thrust towards the capital Tripoli.

Earlier Monday they claimed they had overrun the towns of Sorman, 60 kilometres (37 miles) west of Tripoli and Garyan, 50 km to the south, as they pushed an assault on three fronts in western Libya.

"We have seen some progress over the weekend. Clearly that is welcome," the spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron said.

"We have been saying for some time that we think the NATO operation is proving successful in eroding Kadhafi's ability to wage war against his own people.

"We are going to continue to apply that pressure and we will be patient and persistent in doing so until Kadhafi stops brutalising his people."

Britain and France are spearheading NATO's aerial bombing campaign against the Kadhafi regime since March, when the United Nations approved action to protect Libyan civilians.

© 2011 AFP

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