Gadhafi stronghold falls to rebels

Since the beginning of the Libyan Civil War in February, the rebel forces have been battling Gadhafi loyalists and slowly gaining ground with the aid of NATO and U.S. air raids.

The rebel forces, named the National Transitional Council (NTC), have captured one of the last pro-Gadhafi cities, Bani Walid, according to an article on

NTC spokesman Abdelrahman Busin said in the article that NTC forces planned to bolster their numbers in Bali Walid as soon as the battle of Sirte was over.

NTC forces fire at Gadhafi loyalists in Sirte. Source: EPA/

Sirte will be a major victory for the NTC because it is Gadhafi’s hometown and now a major military focus of the new government as more and more Gadhafi outposts fall.

Another interesting aspect the article brought up was the concern for the prisoners of war.

The U.N. Human Rights office expressed concern for the treatment of the loyalist POWs.

Mona Rishmawi, a senior official with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva said the number of POWs could be up to 7,000 and with the lack of a police force and infrastructure, the Justice Ministry is not fully functional.

“There is allegations and evidence of torture,” Rishmawi said in the article.

The State Department also voiced their concerns, urging the NTC to honor the rule of law and respect for universal human rights.


About Alexander Alusheff

Alex Alusheff is a Bachelor of Science in Print Journalism Major at Bowling Green State University.
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3 Responses to Gadhafi stronghold falls to rebels

  1. Eric Lagatta says:

    I really found this story interesting. It will also be interesting to see what happens next. Well done.

  2. Tara Keller says:

    This was quick and to-the-point, but kept the readers interested. Sounds like you’ve written a couple of articles before…

  3. Sara Shipley Hiles says:

    Nice job! Good choice of article, good summary, good attribution, well-written. Style points:
    This needs a comma: Mona Rishmawi, a senior official with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva,
    And the graf is too long.

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