Where’s Gaddafi? Libya on the Brink
No sign of Gaddafi as fresh reports come in of clashes in the streets of the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
Events are moving fast in Libya as protests and violence has now moved into the capital, Tripoli.
Reports are coming in from people on the ground that planes are being used against protesters.
These reports appear to be valid as it looks like at least 2 mirage fighter planes have defected to Malta, allegedly for being asked to bomb the protesters.
There is also news that more army defections are taking place as parts of the army refuse to turn on their own people, it seems that they are also spurned on by the alleged use of African mercenaries by Colonel Gaddafi to try and suppress the protests.
If he is using such outside mercenaries it appears that Gaddafi has made a crucial mistake, many in the army won’t tolerate foreign fighters on it’s soil.
What we do know for sure is that there are many defections by people previously loyal to Gaddafi at his embassies around the world.
The Libyan ambassador in China resigned live on TV citing the excessive violence against the Libyan people.
Libya’s deputy envoy to the UN, Ibrahim Dabbashi, told Gaddafi to step down accusing his government of genocide.
As for Gaddafi himself, no one is quite sure where he is, there are some reports which say that he has fled the capital.
Meanwhile on the markets the cost of oil shot up to $105.08 a barrel, Libya produces approx. 1.56 million barrels of oil for export. Many are worried that the continued instability in the middle east will fracture the recovery of the worlds economy.
The people of Libya will have other things on their mind tonight.