Government troops destroy petro-chemical plant in Brega: spokesman for Libyan rebels

15:45, July 10, 2011      

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A petro-chemical plant in the Libyan oil city of Brega has been destroyed by the government troops, a spokesman for the rebel forces said here on Saturday.

Ahmed Bani, spokesman for the rebel forces said in a press conference in Benghazi, the second largest city of Libya, that the plant and its equipment were actually destroyed by the government troops, not the rebel forces as the government earlier alleged.

The oil refinery town of Brega lies on the frontline between the rebel-held east and the government-held west.

Bani said the blast of the plant "has not only hurt the interest of the Libyan people, but also caused pollution to the environment."

The rebels have already deployed heavy forces to protect the other sites of oil production and refinery, he said.

And he added the government troops are now totally besieged in Brega.

Meanwhile in Tripoli, Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi denounced on Saturday the air strikes launched on the country by the NATO-led alliance to an envoy of UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon, according to state TV.

He called the air attacks "flagrant violations of the (UN) resolution of 1970 and 1973" and "must be considered as crimes against humanity and an act of genocide."

The UN envoy's visit was agreed during Thursday talks between Mahmudi and Ban. The UN chief called Mahmudi to halt the fighting and improve the humanitarian conditions in the African country.

Source: Xinhua
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