The clock is ticking towards the expiry of Colonel Gaddafi’s ultimatum to the rebels fighting his rule; immediate surrender by tonight and an amnesty, or annihilation.
In Misrata, more than two months into its siege, the fear is after that the city will be subjected to an all-out attack.
Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayip Erdogan joined the chorus of voices calling for Gaddafi to go and spare further bloodshed. Until now Turkey had refrained from calling for regime change.
“Future, liberty, stability, peace and justice can’t be built on blood, so we wish the Libyan leader pulls out immediately and steps down for himself and the future of his country,“ Erdogan said.
Meanwhile the struggle to keep Misrata going revolves around the port. Western navies are hunting for a lost mine so ships can enter the docks safely. In the meantime an unknown number of migrant workers remain trapped there waiting for evacuation.
Turkey tells Gaddafi it's 'time to go'