Setback for Libya's new rulers: followers of the slain ex-dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi stormed the strategically important city of the desert and there hoist the old flag.
Three months after the official liberation of Libya, the fighting between supporters of the old and the new rulers flared up again. The Arab television station Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya report at least five deaths and 30 injured.
Gaddafi supporters hoist Old Flag
Gaddafi loyalists attacked on Monday at first the army base of the new rulers. Then they succeeded to gain control of the city. In the fierce battles that lasted throughout the day, heavy antitank weapons have been used. Then Gaddafi supporters in Bani Walid, hoist the green flag of the former regime hoisted, the report said.
In the capital, Tripoli, a spokesman for the armed forces said they would deploy combat aircraft in the direction of Bani Walid. Cause of the new fighting was reported to be the arrest of a trailer-Gaddafi by representatives of the National Transitional Council.
Between the people of Bani Walid and the militias of the Transitional Council, there are still major differences. The strategically important city, located some 150 kilometers south of Tripoli, was fell last year on 17th October, as a bastion of the penultimate Gaddafi supporters, fighters of the Transitional Council, where they had been besieged for six weeks.