Reporting for euronews in Libya, journalist Alberto Arce has accompanied anti-Gaddafi fighters as they took control of Misrata airport.
“We are entering with a team that is checking there are no explosives,” he said. “We can confirm that none of Gaddafi’s soldiers have been found.”
Strategically important as their only major western stronghold, Misrata is largely under rebel control, despite being besieged by government forces for weeks. In the east, rebels hold Benghazi but the capital, Tripoli, remains in Colonel Gaddafi’s grip,
meaning the conflict has reached a stalemate.
The soldiers of this amateur army want the West to supply them with decent weaponry to win the war against their well-equipped and better-trained government foes.
“Give us the tools to push them away ourselves,” said one rebel. “We can do it ouselves, just give us the tools to do it.”
Rejecting a UN call for a ceasefire, rebels are still counting on NATO’s military intervention to secure them victory. The latest explosions heard in Tripoli will no doubt give them fresh hope.