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Le « Guide » libyen, au pouvoir plus de quarante ans, a été capturé ce jeudi dans sa ville natale de Syrte, à l’est de Tripoli ; vidéos (choquantes) à l’appui. Capture d’une vidéo amateur montrant Mouammar Kadhafi en sang (Esam Al-Fetori/Reuters) Fin de partie pour Kadhafi. Le Conseil national de transition libyen (CNT) a d’abord annoncé ce jeudi matin la capture du « Guide » après six semaines de cavale, avant d’annoncer sa mort, lors de la chute de Syrte, sa ville natale. C’est Abdel Hakim Majid, un chef militaire du CNT, qui a fait cette annonce. Les premières informations indiquaient que Kadhafi avait été simplement blessé aux deux jambes.
9.40am: Welcome to Middle East live as attention centres again on Libya, and the apparently swift advance of rebel forces towards the capital, Tripoli. It is, the rebels claim with a dramatic flourish, "zero hour" for the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi. Explosions and gunfire shook the city into Saturday night amid reports that anti-Gaddafi residents had taken up arms. While the fighting appeared to subside later, reports described four more loud blasts this morning. With the few foreign media in Tripoli confined by government minders to their hotel it was impossible to know how extensive the fighting was around the city. A government spokesman claimed only a few "armed gangs" were at large.
Did Sarko take the Mad Dog's money? (Photo: Reuters) Say what you like about Tony Blair’s Labour Party, but when you gave them large amounts of money, you usually got rewarded – with favourable tax changes, or titles, or just the chance to hang out with Tone. He didn’t take your money and then try to have you overthrown and killed and your Hampstead house taken over by squatters. The same cannot be said of Nicolas Sarkozy, however, if the claims in this report are true :
David Cameron addresses a press conference after an European Union extraordinary leaders summit on Libya and North Africa last week. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters David Cameron will chair an emergency cabinet meeting and make a rare Friday Commons statement as he builds on the first major foreign policy triumph of his premiership. The prime minister, who spoke to Barack Obama on Thursday about the forthcoming military campaign, ripped up his diary and abandoned a trip outside London to help lead a highly complex operation. British, US and French military aircraft are expected to fly the first missions to enforce the no-fly zone after Thursday night's vote at the UN in New York. Government sources insisted that there is no sense of triumphalism in Downing Street after the prime minister faced down sceptics and lobbied in favour of a new UN security council resolution in a joint campaign with Nicolas Sarkozy.
Time to wrap up this live blog for the evening, with a summary of the latest events. • At least 45 people appear to have been killed in Yemen after security forces – including some said to be snipers – opened fire in Sana'a . A government minister resigned and quit the ruling party of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. • President Obama warned in a televised statement supporting the UN resolution against Libya's Gaddafi regime : "Let me be clear: these terms are not negotiable. These terms are not subject to negotiation." • Gaddafi's forces continue to close in on Benghazi, while fighting continued to be heard in and around Mizrata , despite statements by Libyan ministers saying that government forces were abiding by a ceasefire announced earlier.