Rebel-controlled Libyans divided on ground troops intervention: survey

08:04, May 17, 2011      

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A survey in Libyan opposition-controlled cities showed that civilians were polarized on whether or not to allow foreign ground intervention to overthrow Mummar Gaddafi's rule, the survey conductor said Monday.

Fathi Ali, an economist from the Garyounis University in the Libyan opposition stronghold of Benghazi, said that among more than 1,600 people's questionnaire, 48 percent of them reject "any kind of foreign intervention by ground troops," while 44 percent do not.

More than 80 percent people accepted foreign military support in organization, consultation, forces training and humanitarian aid, but only 13 percent accepted the large-scale foreign ground intervention.

Ali said that the survey, which was made independent by the research center of the university, was conducted in cities controlled by the opposition such as Benghazi, Derna and Tobruk, or battlefields between the rebels and government troops, including Ajdabiya and Misrata.

The people who were surveyed said the long-term foreign military presence would be the biggest risk for the ground intervention.

The survey came as the ground battle between Gaddafi and the opposition reached a stalemate after more than two months of fighting. Although NATO has launched airstrikes towards Gaddafi's military facilities, no signs have shown the possible ground troops intervention in the country.

Source: Xinhua
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